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WATCH: Inside Leeds Castle - one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Kent

WATCH: Inside Leeds Castle - one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Kent


Written by Katie Byrne


Make your own history at the moat-surrounded 16th century castle, which makes the perfect setting for a fairytale celebration...

 

Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle in Kent is an idyllic setting for the most romantic of weddings whether you seek an exclusive opulent celebration inside the Castle, an elegant, exclusive hire venue in the 16th century Maiden’s Tower or a Garden Party Wedding.

During its 900 year history, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. More recently, the Castle was an elegant early 20th-century playground for the rich and famous, as Lady Baillie, the last private owner, entertained high society down from London for the weekends.

 The Green State Bedroom

For weddings of up to 100 guests, the beautiful and historic Castle offers magnificent state rooms. Civil ceremonies take place in the newly-refurbished Ceremony Room adjoining the Library, which is ideal for champagne drinks receptions. Move to the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall with impressive views across the moat for your wedding breakfast and then to the opulent 1920s’ Castle drawing rooms to retire after dinner before heading upstairs to one of the twenty sumptuous state and battlement bedrooms.

 Castle Ceremony Room

 

The elegant 16th Century Maiden’s Tower is a glamorous self-contained venue for up to 80 people. The Long Gallery is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony with French doors leading into a charming private garden, followed by evening celebrations and overnight accommodation for the bridal party with five en-suite luxury bedrooms.

Maiden’s Tower at night 

 

Newly introduced in 2016 is the ‘Garden Party Wedding’ designed for couples looking for a more informal, relaxed occasion - a step away from the traditional seating plans and fine dining approach.  Exclusive hire of the Maiden’s Tower and the walled garden decked out with comfortable furniture and sparkling fairy lights for the evening lends itself beautifully to this style of wedding where the bridal party and guests are invited to take the day at their own pace.

  

Maiden’s Tower Garden Party Wedding 

 

The historic venues and wedding packages at Leeds Castle are tailored to meet your requirements by experienced wedding co-ordinators. From your initial enquiry to the day itself, the team provides a superb level of service including menu tasting, floristry, recommending musicians, photographers and other suppliers to ensure you have the perfect wedding at what has been described as “the loveliest castle in the world”.

Henry VIII Banqueting Hall  

 

And in a nutshell...

Number of guests - Maiden’s Tower wedding: – 80

Number of guest - Castle wedding – 100

Availability: On application

Prices start from mid-week Maiden’s Tower packages from £7,950 and per person from £145

Exclusive hire of the Castle and Castle Island – price on application

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL; call 01622 767877, email weddings@leeds-castle.co.uk or visit www.leeds-castle.com/weddings.


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