Maidstone Travel Guide

  • Inside Leeds Castle
    Inside Leeds Castle
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    Leed
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    Leeds Castle gardens
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Maidstone Highlights

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     Good access to motorways, only 30 miles to London. 

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     the town of Maidstone 

  • In a nutshell
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     Only saw Leeds Castle 

Maidstone Things to Do

  • THE GLORIETTE & LEEDS CASTLE - 7

    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...

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  • ELSIE THE CASTLE TRAIN @ LEEDS CASTLE -...

    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...

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  • LEEDS CASTLE - WALKING & PHOTO'S - 5

    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...

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  • INSIDE LEEDS CASTLE - 4

    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 CASTLEInside the Castle there are many painting's, I particularly liked the one of Henry...

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  • LEEDS CASTLE BARBICAN GATE - 3

    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...

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  • LEEDS CASTLE - CASCADE PONDS -1

    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...

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  • GARDENS @ LEEDS CASTLE - 2

    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...

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  • Maidstone's very own Royal Star Arcade

    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...

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  • Slide's, lazy river and diving boards

    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...

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  • Learn about wildlife and nature

    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...

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  • Take a cruise along the river medwey

    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

    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

    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...

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  • The Aviary

    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

    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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  • Falconry Displays

    Something else that the kids and adults will like at Leeds Castle are the falconry displays, which are held at 1pm & 3pm on weekends. Head down to the area just down from the maze, and check out the bird of prey action.You can see some of the birds and learn more about them and their unique characteristics. Some of them you can get up close to and...

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  • Dog Collar Museum

    Another of the surprising attractions in the grounds of Leeds Castle is the Dog Collar Museum. This unusual museum is said to house the largest collection of dog collars in the world! There are over 100 collars on display, some dating back to the 16th century. It only takes a few minutes to visit and is well worth a look. The most impressive where...

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  • The Maze & Grotto

    Also located within the Leeds Castle estate is an excellent hedged maze. The maze was planted in 1988, made from 2,400 Yew trees. The hedges are over six-feet tall and too thick to see through.The maze spirals around a small central tower. Don't let your little kids play in there by themselves, you may never find them again....It is actually really...

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  • The Aviary

    There is much more to see at Leeds Castle than just the castle itself - I was amazed to discover in the castle grounds a fabulous Aviary. Not just a couple of cages with local species of birds, but cage after cage of exotic feathered friends from around the world!The last resident, Lady Baillie was a keen bird collector and after her death this...

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  • Leeds Castle

    One lovely spring day we decide to head down south to visit Leeds Castle. Confusingly, Leeds Castle isn't located in Leeds, but instead in Kent, near Maidstone. The castle is set on two small islands, surrounded by gardens, lawns and woodlands, in the middle of a large estate. It is a beautiful setting and an excellent place to visit with all the...

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  • Aviary, maze and grotto of Leeds Castle

    Don't miss the aviary where you can see many birds. The cages seemed to me kind of small... The maze is great. It seemed small and easy but I managed to get lost for a little while, moreover the sunny weather turned to rain right after we entered the maze. In the center there is a grotto, a small artificial cave with some 'scary' reliefs :)

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Maidstone Restaurants

  • Nothing is far too much trouble

    Nice restaurant with good atmosphere. Dined here over the Christmas period when the staff were totally overwhelmed. The service was sub-pedestrian and the food inedible. Our polite complaints were ignored but the icing on the cake was when the waitress asked if we would like to leave a tip! Would I go back? Would you? Humble pie - rarely...

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  • Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant

    I really enjoyed this cosy restaurant. I loved its beautiful interior. Great experience to try all kind of tapas and Spanish drinks:)

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  • Black Horse Inn - in Thurnham, near...

    After a visit to Leeds Castle one sunny spring day, we headed to the Black Horse Inn in Thurnham, about 4.5miles from the castle. I had read about the pub in advance and decided that it sounded like the perfect place for an 'off the beaten path' lunch....though although it seems to be in the middle of nowhere, it is in fact only 5-10 minutes drive...

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Maidstone Nightlife

  • No more live music....

    There`s no point me telling you where it is because on the 2nd of September 2004 the last live music pub in town went the same way as the brewery and the sweetie factory - goodbye to The Royal Albion, the latest victim of the half baked scheme to modernise the small town of Maidstone and another good reason for moving to London.

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  • Check out a local band.

    Gengis Khant, a local band seen here at a charity concert in Whatman park, constant line up changes mean that the band are now spiraling into decline just like the rest of Maidstone. The park is a brilliant millenium gift to the town and one of the few places worth visiting, there is even a skatpark. Our best band though is definately The Playgirls...

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Maidstone Transportation

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    Leeds Castle

    by sue_stone Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    The easiest way to get to Leeds Castle is by car. It is located just off the M20 motorway, exit at Junction 8. The journey from South London takes around 1 hour. Once you get near Maidstone you will start to see brown and white tourist signs which will direct you to the castle.

    Alternatively, train may be the way to go for you. You can catch a SouthEastern train from London Victoria to Bearsted station, where there is a connecting bus that takes you direct to the castle. If you take this option you can buy a ticket at the start of your journey which covers your train fare, the connecting coach and admission to the castle and grounds - at a cost of £26 per adult (Mar 2007).

    Another option would be to catch the National Express coach from London Victoria coach station. Coach 021 departs at 9am and arrives at the castle at 10.25am - departing the castle at 3.05pm to arrive at Victoria Coach Station at 4.50pm. The cost of a combined coach/castle ticket is £18.00 for adults (Mar 2007).

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Maidstone Off The Beaten Path

  • VISIT BIDDENDEN VILLAGE

    Biddenden was only a small village, but a gorgeous one that I loved! Biddenden is a typical Wealden village of Kent. It was 1st mentioned back in the 10th century, and Roman pottery has been found here.I saw many lovely timber framed and brick buildings dating back to the 1400s, and from the Tudor era and later. The buildings in the village are...

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  • BIDDENDEN TWINS

    The small Village of Biddenden was our next stop after Leed's Castle. I had read about this village and its Twin's. Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, the so-called Biddenden Maids were born in 1100 to a wealthy family in Biddenden. They are shown connected at the hips and at the shoulder which was a rare occurence and is thought they wouldn't have...

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  • CHEERS!!!!!

    THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT TO MAIDSTONE , i`ve loved it and loathed it in equal measures, made friends that will last a lifetime ( very few, you know who you are ) a few enemies too ( but who cares! ) made merry, made love, made a few marks, had my heart broken and broke a few in return, but all good things must come to an end and it`s time to move...

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Maidstone Favorites

  • WASHBOARD & MANGLE

    This is the name of the Laundromat in Maidstone.We found it a little hard to find as we didn't have a map. It is located in a side street, which was pretty full of cars. Luckily, one pulled out, and we managed to grab a park. There were plenty of machines and dryers. The Laundromat closed at 9pm, so we had to come back in the morning to dry the...

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  • The park

    The park is quite large and is divided in several areas. There is also a big lawn for pick nicks and such.

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  • The park

    The park is quite large and is divided in several areas. There is also a big lawn for pick nicks and such.

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