Leeds Castle

We wanted to do a 1/2 day tour to Leeds Castle but Frames Richards didn't have one,
so we checked with Lawrence, (a nice French booking agent in our hotel), and he found
this tour by Evan Evans Tours.  So on Tuesday May 9, 2000 at 12:15 p.m. we met Barry,
our guide, outside Victoria Station.  As with our other tours, we had a comfy bus with
running commentary throughout the trip.  We traveled along the Thames and went
through the Blackwall Tunnel to the south bank.  Leeds Castle is about 30 miles nearly
due east of London but there really isn't that much open country along the way.

Once we arrived at the castle we had a choice of taking a shuttle ride from the parking lot
to the castle or walking through some gardens and a duckery with all manner of water fowl.

SWANS

PEACOCK

WOOD GARDEN

CHESTNUT TREE

LEEDS CASTLE

The castle itself is on two islands and is much smaller than Windsor or Hampton Court.
It was only ever meant to be a residence and it feels like it.  The rooms are on a more
intimate scale, the furnishings are not at all intimidating and the setting is wonderful.

GATE TOWER

BRIDGE TO GATE TOWER

MAIN CASTLE

WEST WALLS

MAIDEN'S TOWER

BRIDGE CORRIDOR

WALL & BASE

LEEDS CASTLE EAST SIDE

Leeds Castle is nestled in the Kent countryside and has several formal gardens,
a wilderness, an aviary that's better than the Zoo and a vineyard which was listed
in the Doomsday Book.  There's a restaurant in Fairfax Hall where you can have
afternoon tea, or vendors selling drinks and ice cream.  After seeing the Aviary
we went on to the Maze & Grotto.

THE AVIARY

MAZE &  MOUND

GROTTO MAIDEN

MAIN CHAMBER

Typhoeus

GROTTO DOME

WALL ART

MORE WALL ART

TUNNEL WALLS

ENTRANCE / EXIT

Then we stopped by the Fortified Mill on our way back to the bus. 

FORTIFIED MILL

MILL WALLS

DEBBI FROM THE MILL

MILL FROM THE GROUNDS

Leeds Castle and its wildlife

panoramic view of the entire castle complex

The below links will take you to other web sites.

Leeds Castle Web Site

Evan Evans Tours, Leeds Castle

Britannia.com's Leeds Castle