Maidstone Things to Do

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    Inside Leeds Castle
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    Cascade ponds
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    THE GLORIETTE & LEEDS CASTLE - 7

    by balhannah Written Sep 30, 2011

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    Gloriette @ Leeds Castle

    The Gloriette was a residential Tower built in 1278, on the smallest of the two islands. It was named after Queen Eleanor who was the wife of Edward 1.

    A Gloriette was a Medieval summerhouse, used by the ladies to take a meal while watching a hunt or something else.
    Queen's who where at Leeds Castle, and would have used this building were.
    Queen Isabella, Anne of Bohemia, Joan of Navarre, Catherine de Valois and Katherine of Aragon.

    No wonder the Castle is known as the "Ladies Castle."

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    ELSIE THE CASTLE TRAIN @ LEEDS CASTLE - 6

    by balhannah Written Sep 30, 2011

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    Elsie - Leeds Castle Train

    The little Train operates from the Car-Park to the Castle and vice-versa.
    We walked to the Castle, and then took the Train back to the carpark. This was a good idea, as our feet were rather tired after several hours walking.
    There is Train stop shed near the Castle from where the Train leaves. It is signposted, and gives times and prices for the journey.

    I think it cost one british pound, not much!

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    LEEDS CASTLE - WALKING & PHOTO'S - 5

    by balhannah Written Sep 30, 2011

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    When at Leed's Castle, there are many good photo opportunities. I really liked the view of the Castle from the Water. Duck's & White Swan's were here, but I was unable to get them in my photo. Expect manure on your shoes as I found it hard to miss, there was so much!!
    I really enjoyed the walk around part of the castle as it gave me a chance to view the many Tower's and the Castle from different angles.

    I believe you can go a full circular walk of 5miles that takes about 2.5hours.

    If you have children, there is a playground, and there is a Dog Collar Museum that I didn't go into.

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    INSIDE LEEDS CASTLE - 4

    by balhannah Written Sep 30, 2011

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    Henry VIII at Leeds Castle
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    Two good points.........

    You don't have to take a tour, we could wander around on our own, and if we needed to ask question about something in one of the rooms, there was a volunteer to tell us all about it!

    Photo's....You are ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTO'S INSIDE THE CASTLE

    Inside the Castle there are many painting's, I particularly liked the one of Henry VIII. Henry turned this Castle into a Royal Palace in 1512 for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. I was also able to see Catherine of Aragon's bedroom. There is lots of antique medieval furniture, beautiful ceiling's, Knight's armour, beautiful wood carving's and lovely tapestries and much more. They even had a man playing the Piano in the music room, what a nice touch!
    It really is beautiful inside as well as outside.

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    LEEDS CASTLE BARBICAN GATE - 3

    by balhannah Written Sep 29, 2011

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    Leeds Castle was owned by the crown from 1278 to 1552, and during this time, many King's & Queen's of England visited.

    Leeds castle is situated on 2 islands in a lake along the River Len approximately 4 miles outside of Maidstone in Kent.
    It is made of four forts, [each one able to defend themselves] with a strong Gatehouse and Barbican gate. It was reached by one of three causeways that each had a drawbridge, entrance, gateway and portcullis. Most of this is in ruins, but the stone bridge that links the Barbican to the central island is still in good shape.

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    LEEDS CASTLE - CASCADE PONDS -1

    by balhannah Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    Cascade ponds
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    We stayed at Maidstone, and then travelled the short distance to Leeds Castle.

    We parked our car in the car-park, and then made the decision to walk to the Castle, and to catch the little Tourist train back.

    I am glad that we walked, because the walking trail took us where the Little Train didn't! Something to be aware of, it is quite a walk to the Castle if you have some problems with walking.

    We went past a nice pond with Duck's and a waterfall, known as the The Cascade Garden. From here, we could see Leeds Castle. There is a bridge across the cascade pond for lovely views of the pond and the garden's on either side.

    OPEN...April - Sept...10.30am - 4.30pm Oct - March ....10.30am - 3pm.

    ADMISSION IN 2011.....Adults...£18.50.......Children (4-15yrs)....£11.00
    senior Citizens/Students & Visitors with Disabilities...£16.00

    We had the Great British Heritage pass, so admission for us was FREE.

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    GARDENS @ LEEDS CASTLE - 2

    by balhannah Written Sep 29, 2011

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    Let me tell you that there are 500acres of parkland at Leeds Castle, and a lot of it is garden's.
    The Park was established in the Middle Ages, and a vineyard at the castle in the 1200's. It was re-planted with German vines in 1980.

    The Duckery was created in the 1960s, and the castle's former cut-flower garden was turned into a "cottage garden", now called the Culpeper Garden.
    Princess Alexandra opened The Lady Baillie Garden in 1999, on the site of a previous 18th century garden.

    After passing by the Cascade Pond, we then came to a garden with an old Cottage. This garden had beautiful herbaceous borders, surrounding a huge lawned area where some people were picnicing. Stunning!
    I saw Rose garden's with the Rose bushes in full flower, No Daffodils or other springtime bulbs, as it was the wrong time of the year.
    The Lady Baillie Garden Mediterranean style terraced garden, is a fairly new addittion to the Castle gardens.
    I imagine these garden's would have colour all year round, I just wish I could return and see them at another time of the year.
    Excellent!

    BEST TIME TO SEE THE GARDENS....
    Spring..............Woodland Gardens
    Early Summer...Culpeper Garden
    Late Summer.....Lady Baillie Garden
    All year round. To see.....Aviary, Vineyard, yew tree maze and grotto

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    Maidstone's very own Royal Star Arcade

    by FridayPeople Written Jun 23, 2011

    Royal Star Arcade


    The Royal Star Arcade is celebrating its 25th anniversary from wednesday 22nd to saturday 25th June, 11-4.

    Bring the family for a fantastic day out with fun for all ages!

    Come along and join in with exciting craft stalls, a tasty chocolate fountain, live music and a chance to win a hot air balloon ride with our raffle, with brilliant runner up prizes to be won!

    A great day out, not to be missed. See you there!

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    Slide's, lazy river and diving boards

    by jhorsfield30 Written Jun 2, 2011

    In the huge Moat Park, around 20 mins walk from the town centre of Maidstone, is the leisure centre.
    I tried out the swimming pool, there is around 5 pools for adults(including 3 diving boats), and a childrens/family pool including a slide(6/10) and a number of interactive events to keep the kids entertained.
    Not quite the sandcastle or rhyl sun centre. Still this is a quick diversion for the family
    Cost myself £3 to get in on a concession otherwise, its £5-£6

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    Learn about wildlife and nature

    by jhorsfield30 Updated Jun 2, 2011

    I happened to stumble across this by walking through the nearby Cobtree Park (and golf course) and came about by the A-road entrance.
    On site its got a 17th century barn which is a interesting building. The Centre exhibitions are about wildlife and conservation with plenty of hands-on displays for children.
    There is a shop and tearoom caters for all ages. The shop specialises in Natural History publications, animal and bird homes and feeders.

    The park is rich in wildlife with wildlflowers recorded. It has a large pond, meadow, chalk bank and scrub habitats, as well as a bird watching hide and displays on composting, ‘green picnics’ and a wide variety of different native plant species. The car park also has recycling facilities.

    Free entry, you can't go wrong,,

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    Take a cruise along the river medwey

    by jhorsfield30 Written May 30, 2011

    Grabbed a cruise(1-way) from town centre to Malta Inn, by Allington(next to kent life centre),
    Was a nice journey(30mins) with a recorded guide voice leading the journey.
    Lovely walkways and forestry either side of the river along the way and the journeys end was at a pub with sluice-gates and a boating area.

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    Great park with walking routes

    by jhorsfield30 Written May 30, 2011

    Found this by accident, started on a walking path along the golf course within the park and came across the lovely gardens, trees and onsite ruins of the old zoo.
    On-site cafe open till 3pm generally, and a wide range of picnic and seating areas.
    Plenty of parking on-site and not far from the A road turnoff.
    Right by the kent life attraction.

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    Great day out for all the family

    by jhorsfield30 Written May 30, 2011

    Moat Park - Maidstone, is around a 10 min walk from the coach station(centre of town),

    Mote Park is Maidstone's largest park with more than 450 acres of mature parkland with a 30 acre lake, providing a wide range of recreational activities. It's a great place to to walk around, or just sit and watch the swans or the model boat club.

    For the more energietic, there is Pitch and Putt (18 holes), a children's play area and skatepark, and football and rugby pitches. Horse riding (permit only). The park is also home to Maidstone Leisure Centre(Great water slides and lazy river!)

    The cafeteria, 'Cafe in the Park' is open Easter-Oct.

    There is miniature railway on Sunday afternoons during the summer.

    There are many events taking place in the park during the spring and summer, including Race for Life, Funfairs, the Maidstone Multicultural Mela.

    * Park open 09:00 until dusk Monday to friday, 8am to dusk Saturday and Sunday. all year

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    The Aviary

    by Igraine Written Sep 15, 2010

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    On the castle grounds is a big aviary with a collection of rare exotic birds, collected by Lady Baillie, the last private owner of the castle.
    There are over a 100 hundred birds and it was worth watching them.

    In the summer they have also birds show with parrots, storks and birds of prey.

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  • Leeds Castle

    by gumboyaya Written Apr 9, 2007

    Just stroll around.

    Go only if the weather is nice.
    I spent more time in the garden than in the castle. Even though it is definitly worth to join a guided tour through the castle.

    Don´t miss the hedge maze, it´s fun. ;)

    And while you are there, just enjoy the show of the falconry, and listen to the sound an owl makes, when it flies above your head.

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