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Tips for Visiting Leeds Castle with Kids

Family friendly things to do in Kent: Leeds Castle

Leeds castle with Kids

Leeds Castle prides itself on being the loveliest castle in the world and I really do think this is true! It’s one of the great places to visit in Kent for families but also makes a brilliant day out with or without children so read on for our top tips of visiting Leeds Castle with kids.

Leeds Castle has a fascinating history with being the property belonging to 6 of our Medieval kings and queens as well as used by the infamous Henry the eighth. It sits on a stunning background and it’s really magical to look at, it’s a proper English castle and makes for a fantastic family day out in Kent. You can really picture the dragons and the kings and queens living here and with so much to do it’s a top attraction if you’re visiting Kent with kids.

We’ve put together our best tips for visiting Leeds Castle with kids along with our review of our day and hopefully answer some of the questions that you’d like answered if you’re visiting Leeds Castle as a family for the first time. 

Leeds Castle Review

Tips for Visiting Leeds Castle with Kids

Leeds Castle with Kids

Is Leeds Castle worth the money to visit?

As someone with four children, we like to find the cheapest family days out in kent possible! And whilst Leeds Castle isn’t the cheapest, it’s well worth the price because your tickets are valid for one whole year and so you can come back and visit at any time you like during that one year period. This means you can take full advantage of all of the different events and special attractions Leeds Castle puts on throughout the year. However, even without the valid admission for a year, I still think Leeds Castle is well worth the entry fee. There are so many fun filled events and activities that Leeds Castle puts on as well as their standard family activities that you can easily entertain the kids for the entire day and some!! As a family of four kids of different ages, Leeds Castle has something for everyone regardless of age. There are great adventure playgrounds for kids aged one year to 14 years old and there are boat rides, mini-golf, historical castle tours, beautiful gardens, a maze, and a shell grotto along with falconry displays. 

What is there to do for families at Leeds Castle?

There is so much to do at Leeds Castle for families! We started our day with a visit to the adventure playground, you can easily spend an hour or more here. There are two different size playgrounds for younger and older kids they include hi ropes, Zip wire, wooden top houses and the usual swings slides etc…. Our kids particularly liked that they were in a castle theme and so can pretend they were real knights, Fighting off the Dragons.

Next, we had a wander round the gardens – these are stunning and we could’ve easily spent longer doing this before visiting the castle. Leeds Castle have done a nice job of making the history accessible for younger kids with things to spot and find and some nice displays explaining what it would be like having lived in a castle.

Next, we took a trip on the Black Swan ferry back to the maze and the shell grotto. The shell grotto is really stunning and a little spooky which was great fun the kids of all ages. We didn’t even get time to see the falconry display or play minigolf! So it’s great that the tickets are valid for a year so we can pop back another time. 

Is there food available at Leeds Castle?

We took a picnic, there are so many beautiful spots to have a picnic in the grounds and the kids entertained themselves with rolling down hills and trying to keep their picnic away from the ducks! However, there are plenty of places to purchase food including some beautiful looking restaurants. There’s also a smaller café style place to buy food near the adventure playground where we had a delicious ice cream!

Is it easy to park at Leeds Castle and what time should I arrive? 

The car park is huge and there are plenty of parking spaces available, there is so much to do at Leeds Castle and it’s advisable to arrive as close to the 10 am opening time as you can. You could, however, have a long walk from the car park to Leeds Castle at times.

What are the toilets like at Leeds Castle?

Absolutely gorgeous! And I’m not joking! You must check out the toilets at the castle! All the toilets are lovely and clean, there weren’t any queues when we were there but I don’t know what it’s like at busier times. 

It is quite a long walk between the entrance and various toilet stops so take advantage of the toilet if you’re near one If you’ve got little children! There’s a toilet at the entrance, the castle and in the playground. There are baby changing facilities available.

Leeds Castle top tips for visiting
Top Tips for Visiting Leeds Castle

Is Leeds Castle buggy friendly?

Yes. We visited with friends that had a baby, all the entertainment and facilities are easily accessible via a buggy. It’s really easy to take a buggy, wheelchair or pushchair on the boat as well however, buggies are not allowed in the castle grounds because part of the tour goes up and down steep steps. However, you can borrow a baby sling for your tour around the castle which I thought was a nice touch. There is a place to store buggies and prams etc…

How accessible is Leeds Castle for those with disabilities?

We felt that Leeds Castle was very accessible for those with disabilities however, we didn’t travel with anyone with a disability for our visit. There are wheelchair accessible toilets and spaces for disabled parking spaces with a mobility bus also available. Visually and hearing impaired visitors can bring Assistance Dogs in to the Castle and grounds. There are wheelchairs that can be loaned from Leeds Castle and most of the grounds are accessible to those in a wheelchair. There is a ramp up to the castle and a separate accessible tour around the castle, some parts of the castle and the shell grotto and maze are not accessible for those in a wheelchair. Leeds Castle have been given working towards status for those with dementia and they also have an autism guide. They have an audio tour of which the keypad has been designed in conjunction with the RNIB and Action for Blind People, and is fully compliant with access guidelines for visitors with visual impairment.

What special events are on a Leeds Castle and are they family friendly?

Leeds Castle has many family friendly events on throughout the year. In particular, they have events during Autumn Half Term for Halloween and an impressive firework display. During the Summer Holidays, there are always additional family friendly events such as challenges and obstacle courses. Check out Leeds Castle What’s On pages for up to date events happening this year.

Leeds castle boat trip
Leeds Castle River Cruise

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