Where - Leeds Castle, Kent.
Who is reviewing it - Me and my 3 boys aged 8, 5 & 4 months.
We visited Leeds Castle on Friday 1st June and had a fantastic day out, the journey was really good we live in Southend on Sea and took about an hour and a half and the castle is well sign posted from the M20 and we were soon parked and headed for the entrance. The castle is set in 500 acres so we took the road train (named Elsie) from the entrance up to the castle which the boys loved. We decided to go round the castle first which we all enjoyed, they have an exhibition at the moment called “Below Stairs” which was very interesting, and both my older boys enjoyed the activity sheets that gave them pictures and objects to find. The Castle certainly lives up to its description as “The Loveliest Castle in the World”.
We had taken a picnic, but there was plenty of choice of restaurants as well as picnic areas, once we had eaten we walked up to the Maze which Ethan & George loved and I loved especially as there is no extra cost. When you leave the Maze you come out through an underworld grotto.
It was then play time for my boys in the Knights Realm Play area which is a scale model of the castle built of wood and they loved this and soon made new friends, I eventually had to bribe them out with the promise of ice cream and we then got to watch a falconry display which was amazing.
There is a ferry boat that takes passengers from the castle to the play areas and maze called the Black Swan, but on this occasion we walked. We got the road train back again and a visit to the gift shop (one of two) before we left.
It was a fabulous day out with lots to see, one of the great things about the entrance ticket is once purchased they are then valid for a year so we will definitely going back.
They offer lots of special events as well including Open Air Classical Concert, Medieval games, Halloween and Firework Spooktacular (some may incur additional costs).
TGF Rating - As a day for the family definitely 5/5.
For more information check out the Treasure Houses of England website.