Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Leeds Castle

We took the entire family to Leeds Castle for Rachel's 11th birthday ( how did she get that old!)
Definitely one of the child friendly places (although mine have a good time at all the castles) there is a huge maze, huge children's play area and ice cream.

I'm very happy with this photo  I took of walking up to the castle.

Entrance to the castle.

That is a dog collar!
It was for a hunting dog to protect its neck against wild boars, it was huge!

My family, I know my sister has her eyes closed but it was the best photo out of about a 100.

Now that's a better photo of my sisters, we ran away from the children into the maze and lost them!

My favourite room in the castle, the library about 3000 books in total.
The sofa was an amazing blue colour ( I sat on it and got told off whoops!)

Cards anyone?

One of the bedroom views.

 Four of mine, four nieces and a great niece.

I want a willow that big!

It was a lovely day out, we had an enormous picnic, the kids loved the play area and all seemed really interested in the castle and its history. As its not National Trust or English Heritage it was quite expensive to enter, but the ticket is valid for a year and with it only being 1/2 hour away a great place to spend the afternoon with a book, blanket and kids entertained.

The kids have suggested a star rating for each place, one for them and one for me.
Mum rating 4/5 stars ( I wanted bigger formal gardens to wander around and it to be cheaper to enter)
Children rating 5/5 stars ( The play area being the deciding factor and mums carrot cake!)


  1. Beautiful place! I hope your children realize how lucky they are to get to visit all those castles and other interesting places. ---"Love"

    1. I do sometimes get 'not another castle!' comments so I try to mix it up by doing other activities such as swimming. But the amount of running around these children do at these places, it's great exercise.

  2. What a fabulous place to go to celebrate your daughter's birthday! I wish we had castles here! I would love to visit some. It looks like everyone had a great time.

  3. I can understand why the kids rated it a 5/5 . My favorite place would have been the library for sure. What wonderful history to explore.
    I hope you can take many more trips there to make that cost less over the year.

  4. What a great place to celebrate a birthday. I can just imagine fairies, trolls and all sorts of fun fantasy creatures hiding among the branches in the gardens. Glad the kids had so much fun and we got to come along to see, too!