The Lovely Leeds Castle

by Jessica on August 25, 2011

Over 1500 English castles have stood the test of time and dot the rolling countryside as a testament to their skilled architecture.   Each castle has its own particular offerings, but Leeds Castle is billed as the “Loveliest Castle in the World.”  Leeds Castle offers plenty more than just the promise of loveliness to attract tourists, including a tree branch maze, an aviary, and a playground.  However, you are just as likely to see locals, especially moms with young children, enjoying the sprawling grounds of the Leeds.  Drawn in by the open fields and the ticket that allows unlimited visits throughout the year, Leeds Castle is a popular meeting spot for playdates.

It doesn’t hurt that the castle and its grounds are indeed, very lovely.  Even while visiting in the dead of winter, I was compelled to slow my pace and soak up the idyllic countryside.  If that wasn’t enough charm, swans glide serenely around the moat, showcased against the gleaming fortress.  I think that might actually be the official English definition of loveliness.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby


walkingontravels August 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I LOVE Leeds Castle!!! When we were in London in…ummm…2008 (?) our British friends took us out there for a day trip. We had a lovely Sunday roast at a local pub and then wandered the castle. It was gorgeous! I really enjoyed the herb garden they had. It gave me so many ideas for my own garden. I just wish I could have smuggled clippings back to the states. Alas no. I don’t think this is a castle many london travelers get to, but they really should. Like you said, it really is one of the loveliest around.

Sonja August 26, 2011 at 1:47 am

Oh my gosh, could it be more photogenic??

Barbara August 26, 2011 at 2:54 am

This brought back so many great memories! I lived in the UK for a while with my job and I loved touring, this was one of my favorites!

Becca@R We There Yet Mom? August 26, 2011 at 7:40 am

This is so pretty! When we were in London we visited Hampton Court and it was so majestic – this looks just as wonderful. A definite must for another trip!


Jody August 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

How beautiful! I haven’t visited Leeds yet, but it is on my list… So much on my list…

Lisa August 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

Beautiful – castles are one of my favourite things about visits to Europe!

Jen August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

A playdate at a castle? That sure beats my most recent playdate at Chik-fil-a! What beautiful pictures!

Andrei September 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

Very nice article and pictures !
I just love this castle ! (I visited this spring…) 
One word … beautiful !

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