Located in the county of Kent, this castle has a rich history dating back to the early 12 century when it was first used as a Norman stronghold. In 1278, the castle became the property of King Edward I and quickly became his favourite residence. Henry VIII transformed the castle in 1519 for his first wife Catherine of Aragon. In more modern times, it has been used as a hospital during World War II and as a private home and also has hosted Northern Ireland peace talks.
With well over 200,000 visitors annually, it is one of 57 English Heritage sites to attract so many visitors. The castle and grounds, which span over 500 acres, are a major destination with a maze, a grotto, a golf course and what may be the world’s only museum of dog collars. Visitors, young and old alike, will never forget their first vision of this castle rising from a moat.
Morning: Depart from school and travel to Kent. Arrival Arrival at Leeds Castle and admission to gardens and castle.
Afternoon: Enjoy visiting “The Loveliest Castle in the World.”
Evening: Depart from Leeds Castle and travel back to school. End of tour.
The Culpepper Garden was created by the family who owned the castle in the 17th century exemplifies this very English garden and features Roses, Lupins, Poppies and other exotic flowers.