Sunday, 14 September 2008

Leeds Castle

Yesterday I went to Leeds Castle with my friends from work Sandy, Jolene and Jess (pictured below from left to right). An easy drive, I have wanted to visit since I moved to south east London but somehow hadn't quite made it before yesterday.

The moat makes the castle quite distinctive and quirky to enter as you loop down into one of the cellars by the waters edge. The castle has been extensively remodelled by its owners across the ages. Most recently in the 1920 / 30's when the final owners to live in the castle installed a few modern luxuries. In more recent times it has been used for part of the Camp David peace talks and a cabinet meeting by Tony Blair. The interior of the castle itself was a little smaller than I expected, but none the less well worth a visit.

The castle has some extensive landscaped grounds that you are free to wander. We caught the end of a falconry show and there were a number of other events put on daily. We got ourselves lost in the maze and needed help from one of the guides to help find the centre!

At £15 for adults I thought it was quite expensive, but if you gift aid your entry fee then you get a pass valid for a year.

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