Jay had the day off, so we visited Leeds Castle as we were very lucky to have been given some free tickets. Here’s our review – and a few throwback photos from visits when the kiddies were smaller too.
What’s there for the kids to do?
Leeds Castle has quite a lot on offer compared to some other castles we’ve visited. For a start it’s absolutely stunning, and the castle itself is cool to explore – my two love history so they enjoyed that side of it.
The play parks are great at Leeds castle; one of them is giant wooden castle adventure playground – which never fails to wow the kids. But, I think the most fun they had (and something that they have done every time we have visited in the past too) was rolling down the grassy hills!! 😂 So easily pleased!
The maze is always a hit with the kids – we completed it in record time today – we definitely just got lucky! They love the boat ride too, which is a good way to get from one side of the site to the other with little legs (although there is a small charge). Or you can hop on the castle train (also charged).
What facilities are there?
There’s tons of space to park, and it’s free which is great. There are plenty of toilets, cafes, places to picnic and a gift shop too. The restaurant is expensive for what’s on offer – we ran out of time to make a picnic for one of our visits and regretted it! 😂 If you want a cheap day out, bring some sarnies and a couple of quid for some ice cream instead.
Is it good value for money?
Before today, we hadn’t visited Leeds Castle for quite some time as a family ticket is £70 for a family of four! This is an annual pass, that allows you to visit as often as you like, but it’s a lot of money unless you’re going to visit regularly. We did have a pass when the children were younger and it was cheaper (under 4s are free) but I think with older kids they’d be bored visiting the same place too often.
Having said that, Leeds castle is a good day out, and they run seasonal events and school holiday activities which are great for keeping the kids entertained. We’ve been at Easter before and done a trail, another time we visited they had a Robin Hood walking theatre show around the grounds which the kids loved, and we’ve done Halloween too when they’ve had lots of spooky activities going on. So, you could make it good value for money if you visited frequently.
At Christmas there’s a Christmas market held at Leeds Castle – we’ve never been but I imagine that would be good festive fun, if you wrap up warm! They also have a huge firework display, which is really popular, but unfortunately this is a ticketed event and so not included with the normal entrance passes.
All in all, Leeds Castle is a good day out, especially when they have other events, trails and activities going on. If you live close by and you’d use your entry tickets frequently then it could be good value too. But, if you’d only go once, it would be an expensive day out.
Useful information for your visit…
Pets: Dogs not welcome
Parking: Yes, free
Facilities: Cafe, parking, toilets, picnic areas, gift shop
Address: Broomfield, Maidstone – Use postcode: ME17 1PD for sat nav
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.