Leeds Castle, England

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Leeds Castle

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Rohan feeding the black swans

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Flowers in an outside alcove.

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Dining hall – the table was covered with flowers so high that you wouldn’t be able to see the person on the other side of the table!

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Place setting at the dining table.

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Flowers all around the entry way into the castle.

We’re so lucky!! Fiona and James invited us to go to Leeds Castle for the day with them.

Leeds Castle is in Kent, and is called the “Loveliest Castle in the World.”  We were not disappointed.  The castle sits on 500 acres of gorgeous parkland and formal gardens.  We were especially fortunate as the weekend that we visited, it was the Festival of Flowers.  Every single room, every window sill and the massive dining tables, libraries and entry ways were adorned with fresh flower arrangements.  Every color, size, shape and design you could think of.  All with fresh, real flowers!  Gorgeous.

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Map of the grounds

We learned about some of this history of this 900 year old castle and its’ inhabitants and the changes that have occurred over the centuries:

“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 Britain.”

We walked and walked all day – exploring the gardens, the maze and grotto, watching the falconry show (about 4 different birds, including a very wee owl). We had lunch and the boys played in the playgrounds (the Knights’ Realm and the Squires Court).  The maze takes an average of 20 minutes to solve.

A lovely day was had by all – we all enjoyed the amazing weather, the fresh air, the exploration and of course, each others’ company.   This link will take you to further pictures from that day.

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The maze at Leeds Castle.

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James and Rohan in the playground.

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James and Rohan

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