As 2020 is the year of the staycation, it was only right that I got on the trend too. I booked a two-night break in Kent for me and my partner to have a little break from London. I finally completed one of my New Year’s resolutions, which was booking through Airbnb. We stayed at The Potting Shed in Langley, which was incredible.
Although we wanted some chill time, away from the hectic streets of London, I’m not the sort of person to sit around and do nothing, so of course I looked up ‘things to do in Kent’ and Leeds Castle popped up. Yes, you are right to be a little confused by the name… Leeds is actually also a place in Kent too (as well as a city up North!).
If I’m completely honest, I was at first a little taken aback by the price as it was £27 each for entry into the grounds and castle. But after a little reasoning that we would definitely spend this kind of money on an attraction like this if we were abroad, we decided to plump for it. And I’m so glad we did..
We had picked the most glorious day for it as the sun was beaming. I’m such a sun worshiper, so I was in a very chipper mood.
We caught the bus from The Potting Shed which was super easy (only thing to note is that the bus comes every hour – it’s not like just hopping on a tube, you need to plan your journey). But it dropped us right outside of the castle, so that was perfect.
When we visited, a few of the attractions on site were closed (such as the maze) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but there was still plenty to see and do. We wandered around the immaculate grounds, soaking up the sunshine and observing the many birds that are residents there. The castle is famed for its black swans, which we also saw at feeding time.
Set on a round of adventure golf, we headed there for some fun. It was £2 per person which I thought was very reasonable and we had a lovely time. Aside from the part where I lost… that wasn’t great.
We booked in a time slot to see inside the castle, so when 3:30pm approach we headed down to the majestic building for a chance to see inside. We had to wear our masks inside, but it wasn’t too bad because there were only a few other people inside and it was much cooler in there than out in the sunshine. It was amazing to see things like the cellar and dining room – and I was particularly impressed by the epic library!
There are SO many picturesque photo opportunities around the castle grounds, so don’t forget to ensure your Insta husband is on top form.
You can easily spend an entire day here as the grounds are massive and there are other things to keep you entertained – you can even do segway tours and GoApe! The best part is, we found out that are tickets are valid until December 2021, so we can return whenever we like. All in all, a fabulous day out!