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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent is sometimes described as the "loveliest castle in the world" and is a favourite destination of one day tours for tourists from London.

Leeds Castle, Kent, UK.

Leeds Castle is known for its wide, glittering lake and 500 acres of beautifully manicured parkland. As early as the middle eighth century there was a manor house situated here, owned by the Saxon royal family. Following the Norman conquest in 1066, Norman barons built strong fortresses in Kent (positioned on the vital route from London to France), and in 1119 a stone castle was first constructed.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK.

Leeds Castle was a royal residence from the time of Henry VIII (reigned from 1509 to 1547), who spent large sums of money refurbishing and remodelling the buildings. Visitors to Leeds Castle may be surprised to know that it once served as a prison and that the gatehouse now holds a small dog collar museum. The grounds of Leeds Castle have both an aviary and a maze.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK.

Leeds Castle
Kent ME17 1PL

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