Castle. The largest and oldest occupied castle in the
world , is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British
history , and its magnificent state rooms and works of
art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens.
In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than
100 rooms at the castle . The highly acclaimed restoration
work, completed in 1977 , is a testament to the extraordinary
skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.
tours for pre-booked groups are
available on Tuesdays and Wednesday from October until mid -
March . The tour begins with a talk about the restoration work,
before visiting private areas of the Castle to see the recently
revealed medieval Undercroft and the Great Kitchen . Please
contact the Visitor office.
The Loveliest Castle in
long and fascinating history parts of Leeds castle were built
in stone just after the Norman Conquest in 1066 - the castle
has seen more than its fair share of drama and intrigue . The
property of the crown until 1552, the Castle was fortified,
enriched and cherished by a succession of kings and , in many
cases, loved by their queens . From Edward I and Eleanor of
castle. Henry V and catherine de Valois , through to Henry VIII
and his first queen Catherine of Aragon -all have spent time
within the walls and grounds of this splendid estate.
out of royal ownership in the mid sixteenth century , the Castle
was owned privately until the late twentieth century with the
last owner . olive, Lady Baillie , destined to have a lasting
effect on its future . Having purchased the estate as home for
herself and her family in 1926, she then spent much of her life
restoring the fabric and structure of the Castle to make it
a home and a place of hospitality for leading politicians ,
diplomates , international royalty and film stars of the day
her death in 1974, Lady Baillie, created the Leads Castle Foundation
-a private charitable trust established to maintain the castle
in perpetuity and to ensure that Leeds was preserved not as
stone museum but, in Lady Baillie's words as a" living castle"
. Since 1976 just 25 years ago , the gates to the Castle and
its glorious grounds and gardens have been open to welcome visitors
from all over the worlds.
Castle is now open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Take time to visit the Castle and its garden stroll around the
moat, the aviary the maze and grotto, play a round of golf on
the nine hole course , take a ride in our new hot air balloon
or come to one of our famous special events and like Lady Baillie
and many before her , you too might fall in love with " the
loveliest castle in the world"
Castle is open all year , except on the days of our two open
air classical concerts (30th June and 7th July 2001) and Christmas
Day. Grounds open through out the year at 10 am with last admission
March to Oct at 5pm, Nov to Feb 3pm. Grounds close two hours
after last admission.
Palace became a royal residence in 1689 when William III
and Mary II commissioned sir Christopher Wren to transform
the existing house on the site their new London home.
The building has seen momentous events as the deaths of
William III, Mary II, Queen Anne and George II, the birth
and accession of Queen Victoria and the public outpouring
of grief following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
palace is home to several members of the Royal Family: the state
apartments , first opened by Queen Victoria in 1899 , and the
Royal ceremonial Dress Collection are open to the public.
The State Apartments
royal retreat enjoys the tranquillity of Kensington Gardens
and is renowned for its elegant grandeur and lavish interiors
. See william Kent's fabulous trompe l'oeil ceiling and old
Masters from the Royal Collection displayed in the beautifully
restored King's Gallery highlights include the regal cupola
room where Queen Victoria was baptised.
history is brought to life by multi-language sound guides which
lead you around the State Apartments and reveal aneedotes of
the monarchs who have lived in this most intimate of royal palaces
- 28 February 10.00 last entry 16.00 open daily
1 March - 31 October 10.00 last entry 17.00 open daily.
Palace was built for john Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
in recognition of his great victory over the French at
the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The Palace designed by
Sir John Vanbrugh , is one of the finest examples of English
baroque and contains a superb collection of tapestries
, painting sculptures and fine furniture set in magnificent
gilded state rooms The Long Library is of outstanding
of Churchilliana , which includes manuscripts , painting , personal
belongings, books ,photographs and letter. The core of the exhibition
is the simple room where Winston Spencer Churchill was born
on the 30th November1874.
and Gardens are open daily from 10.30a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last
admission 4.45p.m. ) from mid march to the end of October .
The Park is open daily 9a.m. to 4.45p.m. throughout the year.