Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1PL
Saturday, 15th September 2018
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britian. Discover the fascinating history of this beautiful castle with its very English Culpeper garden, transformed into a large cottage garden in 1980 by Russell Page and featuring roses, lupins, poppies, with exotic blooms mixed in to create a profusion of colour and scent. The Maze consists of 2,400 yew trees and when viewed from the centre, part of its plan mirrors a queen’s crown. A special attraction during our visit will be the incredible Festival of Flowers; floral displays inside the Castle and around the ground, themed this year to ‘Ladies Day’. There will also be specialist talks, demonstrations and floral workshops.
Cost: Adults: £33.00; Concessions: £31.00
Departure: Cranley Gardens: 09.30 / Pages Lane: 09.45