Bonjour lecteurs! If you are looking for family days out in Kent, we have some lovely walks coming up! And you can always check out my villages in Kent posts for ideas! Indeed, now more than ever, get some fresh air with the kids. And today, I have l’aventure parfaite for you! Let’s take you on an Autumnal Walk at Leeds Castle!
Unlike some might think, Leeds Castle is not situated in the North of the country! It is actually the name of a famous castle in Kent, near Maidstone.
First built as a Norman stronghold, it is now one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. Henry VIII, with his first wife Catherine of Aragon, turned it into a magnificent royal palace. Don’t miss this Kentish gem!
En plus, its gardens and grounds will make the perfect family day out.
Grounds & Wildlife
I really recommend buying family tickets. This way, you get to enjoy the grounds at different times of the year and the picturesque place is worth it!
Let me take you on an autumnal walk as we visited Leeds Castle last week.
The whole place is beautiful, full of yellow colours and magnificent trees.
We started our journey, following the path to the castle amongst nature and the wildlife.
We made sure to stop by the bridge. It was time to make a wish!
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As soon as you arrive, the tone is set. You are in for some fresh air in while walking across 500 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens!
So much to explore! My little dragon was loving it!
Once you reach the Castle in itself, pause by the lake and enjoy the peace while observing the black swans.
I believe there is a total of 7, but there could be more?
We were lucky to be able to visit the château just before the lockdown. You sign in and you get around the side. Follow the path by the River Len et voilà!
You get to see the castle’s facade. It was late afternoon and the sunset on the river was so pretty.
Go through the door and you are in for some history. The tour starts with the cave. Quelle bonne idée! Before you go up the stairs, stop by and see the beautiful Civil War cuirassier armour from the 17th century.
The castle is really big. My favourite room was definitely the dining-room, while Baba enjoyed the library.
He was quite amazed by all those books and the beautiful view of the river!
But we also stopped by the windows. You can see the inside courtyard and the well. All very medieval!
The Back Garden
After stopping by the official shop (we got some baubles for the Xmas tree!), we carried on up the little hill.
The back garden is truly beautiful and you can stop on one of the benches while relaxing. Seeing the river in the sunset was simply stunning!
Leeds Castle has so many attractions! You can even stay there in its many accommodations or enjoy an afternoon tea! We will certainly do that one day!
But then, Baba was eager to discover the play area. And we were in for a treat!
Indeed, with the Squires’ Courtyard Playground and the Knights’ Stronghold Playground, there is no way the kids could be bored!
No need to say that Baba had an absolute blast! Especially in the big castle!
He was running around, pretending to be a dragon! I was with him just in case he got stuck and I enjoyed the view of the gardens from this more modern castle!
Leeds Castle has really set up the game for families to have fun! Relax while the kids pretend to be king and queen et voilà!
Walking Back Home
Because it was quite late, the play area was not super busy. So it felt very safe.
And we enjoyed a walk back via the garden and the by the river.
It was so lovely to walk in the late afternoon on a sunny autumnal day. The colours of the trees really made it special and a bit romantique!
My little dragon was well tired but happy after so much exercise!
And he said it himself: ‘It was such a lovely day Maman!’
Mission accomplie! We made some beautiful memories and also got our dose of exercise and fresh air!
But there is more! You can also have fun at the Maze & Grotto or even have a game at the Adventure Golf.
And next time you visit Leeds Castle, don’t forget to also stop by and see the Birds of Prey.
We took it easy as we came in the early afternoon. But grab a picnic or some food and you can make it a day!
Leeds Castle – Le Verdict
Leeds Castle has so much to offer!
We loved walking in its beautiful grounds and gardens.
We observed the wildlife and were amazed by the beautiful trees.
And we learned so much about the local history too in the castle itself!
We have not been for years and I actually forgot how majestuous it was!
I also really liked the enthusiasm of the volunteers too. They clearly have a passion for the grounds and it was truly lovely to witness!
All the staff was wearing a mask and social distancing was easy to put in place. There is so much space!
Book Your Tickets Now
So what are you waiting for!? Come and book now your annual tickets so that you can enjoy nature at different stages in the year!
Leeds Castle admission tickets grant you free repeat visits for 15 months from the date of your purchase. Family passes are £80 for the year (now extended to 15 months until the end of December).
I think we will definitely come back around Christmas time. I reckon there will be many decorations and it will truly feel magical!
All the income from admission tickets goes toward the running and preservation of the Castle and its estate. So not only you will be in for a fab day, but you will also help to preserve a national treasure!
Have you ever been To Leeds Castle in Kent? What is your favourite castle to visit in the UK? And your favourite place in the South-East?
Disclosure: We received free tickets to visit Leeds Castle. All opinions are my own as always! It is absolutely gorgeous!