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Leeds Castle


Near Maidstone

Enjoy a 250m Long Zip Wire with Great Views of the North Downs

If you’re looking for things to do near Maidstone, you won’t leave our outdoor adventure at Leeds Castle disappointed. Enjoy one of the best days out in Kent with breathtaking views of the beautiful area surrounding Leeds Castle (near Maidstone), and obstacles that will get the hairs on the back of neck bristling.

The classic and original Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery. With zip wires and high ropes 12 metres above the forest floor and 250 metres in length, experience an adventure experience never to be forgotten.

And Leeds Castle is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Junior Tarzans. Up to an hour of exploring the tree tops for all (6 – 12 years) to enjoy.

Just a couple of minutes from the motorway, Leeds Castle, “the loveliest castle in the world“, is enough of a reason for a day out. With peacocks roaming and sheep wandering, you really will feel like you’ve got away from it all!

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Leeds Castle is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tuesday).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

If you have booked Go Ape between 8:30am and 9:30am please wait at the main entrance & a member of staff will let you in as gates do not open until 10am.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Leeds Castle.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 250 metres
  • Longest Crossing 25 metres
  • Total Length 775 metres
  • Number of Crossings 38
  • Highest Point 12 metres


The team at Leeds Castle

The Address

Go Ape Leeds Castle
ME17 (Please follow the directions below and not the postcode to Leeds Castle as this will take you to the wrong entrance.)

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates:  51.25583860,  0.62047000

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By car

Follow the brown signs to Leeds Castle from J8 of the M20. There are several entrances to the castle grounds. Go Ape customers should come in through the main gates on Penfold Hill on the B2163 rather than using the Broomfield Entrance. Just come through the main entrance, park in the gardens and you'll see us.

Please follow these directions and not the postcode to Leeds Castle as this will take you to the wrong entrance.

If you have booked Go Ape between 8:30am and 9:30am please wait at the main entrance & a member of staff will let you in as gates do not open until 10am.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

By train

Hollingborne station (...about a 25 minute walk). Exit the station on to Eyhorne street and continue to the A20 Ashford Road. Go left at the first roundabout and right at the second and follow the brown signs to the main entrance on Penfold Hill. Walk through the car park to the top right where the black cabin is.
Bearsted station. At the station catch the shuttle bus to Leeds castle. We advise that you check times of the shuttle and/or pre-book to ensure you arrive on time.

By bus

A service operates from London Victoria Coach Station, stopping at various pickup points in South London, before arriving. Visit National Express for more information.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

While you're here why don't you make a day of it.

There's obviously Leeds Castle itself.  Just so you know, dogs are not permitted in the castle grounds, just the car park.

If you have booked Go Ape between 8:30am and 9:30am please wait at the main entrance & a member of staff will let you in as gates do not open until 10am.

With 500 acres of parkland why not take a stroll and appreciate the beautiful scenery?

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Leeds Castle accomodation

Feedback from Leeds Castle

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas linda - Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, on 7 October 2015
very good for adults but the children were having to wait a couple of hours for the adults as their course was a lot shorter
Rated 5 Bananas Bethany - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 October 2015
I booked this for my boyfriend's birthday and overall it was a great experience and value for money. The welcome we received at the cabin was great and everything is managed efficiently so your visit runs very smoothly. It was great that you are allowed to go around the course at your own pace and with your own group. The staff are around if you need them, but do not guide you around the whole course. It was a great day out, the only thing I would say is that the lady who did our safety brief, although thorough and told us all we needed to know, could have been a little more personable and friendly, but this is only a minor thing for a great day. Will definitely be going back at some point for another fab day!
Rated 5 Bananas Kimberly - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 October 2015
Zip wire and rings
Rated 5 Bananas Jack - Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, on 6 October 2015
Zip lines
Rated 5 Bananas Nicola - Tree Top Junior, on 5 October 2015
Fantastic ape helpers really made for a truly amazing experience. My young nephew absolutely loved it and wants to go again next week! Great hour well spent. Brilliant birthday gift for a friend or relative. We especially enjoyed the zip wire!
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