Did you know?
The first castle was built in 1119, over 900 years ago!
Whilst King Henry VII never took an interest in Leeds Castle, his son King Henry VIII transformed it from a fortified stronghold to a magnificent royal palace. Between 1517-1523 on his orders, major alterations were made so that he and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, could visit the castle in comfort.
The 17th Century owner of the Castle, Sir Thomas Culpeper, was rewarded with 5 million acres of land in Virginia for supporting the Royalist cause during the English civil war
Lady Baillie, the last private owner, entertained lavishly at the Castle with a rarefied guest list including royalty, politicians and stars of the silver screen