Kent’s hidden gem. Considered one of the loveliest castles in world. After you’ve been through it and around it you’ll know why. Serenely imposing – Leeds Castle is situated on 500 acres of God’s green earth, and was built over 2 islands on the River Len not so far from Maidstone, Kent.The grounds are massive.
When a close friend suggested that we visit Leeds Castle in Spring of 2005, I thought it was in Leeds and was so excited about visiting because at that time the iconic Marcus Bai was playing for the Leeds Lions. I thought maybe I’ll get a glimpse of him (Bai) if I went there. Don’t know how that could be possible on hindsight. Leeds Castle is in Kent, southeast England. Well, I guess you learn something new and useful each day.
Leeds Castle was built in 1119 and became a royal palace for King Edward I circa 1278. It earned the name of ‘ladies’ castle’ as it was home for six Medieval queens of England.
- Queen Isabella (1292 – 23 August, 1358), wife of King Edward II
- Anne of Bohemia (11 May, 1366 – 7 June, 1394), first Queen Consort of King Richard II
- Queen Joan of Navarre (17 April, 1271 – 4 April, 1305), wife of King Henry IV
- Catherine de Valois, (27 October, 1401 – 3 January, 1437), wife of King Henry V
- Katherine of Aragon (15 December, 1485 – 7 January, 1536), first wife of King Henry VIII
- Queen Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March, 1603), daughter of King Henry VIII
This was the very first castle in the UK I actually entered and, toured. I was really excited about that. The first castle I ever saw was in Wales – Oystermouth Castle, overlooking Swansea Bay near the quaint and pretty village of Mumbles.
Back to Leeds Castle. The day was hazy but not daunted we set off on our tour of Leeds Castle. Once in a while the sun came out so I was able to take a whole bunch of photos on a relatively dry, rainless day. I am sharing some of my photos of Leeds Castle and surrounds.
I went through the aviary and walked by the maze without stopping to take a look. Due to time constraints we walked past a lot of the attractions.
There was a lovely restaurant on top of a slight incline from the Castle where we had lunch. It was rather grand inside and just the sort of eating place I expected to find near an iconic castle.
I really enjoyed the visit and hope to visit again. For more information on the Lengendary Lady of Leeds, visit these websites http://ww.leeds-castle.co.uk, http://www.statelyhomes.com, http://www.britannia.com and http://www.castles.me.uk. There are lots of websites on Leeds Castle and it’s historical famous people.