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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 Louise - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 May 2015
Being explained everything VERY clearly and the process and dangers, its very important to realise how careful you need to be. As someone who was so nervous I absolutely LOVED it. The guide was wonderful and the other staff always very friendly. The 230m zip wire was mind blowing. Fantastic, all of it.
Rated 2 Bananas Richard - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 May 2015
After hearing so many good reviews we were eagerly anticipating our visit, however, we were left extremely disappointed.We felt that the lack of guidance from the staff meant that we didn't get the chance to enjoy ourselves as we spent more time wondering if we were attached correctly and tackling the challenges the right way than actually having fun.We were very surprised at how nonchalant the staff were bearing in mind that there were only 6 of us on the course at the time and some of the dangers we faced. Our guide was nowhere to be seen for most of the course, which was surprising given the potential risks involved.Due to this lack of guidance and care we ended up leaving the course early and didn't attempt the final area.We couldn't understand why the guides were not up in the trees with you checking the fastenings were correct and showing you how to overcome the obstacles. We never expected that it would be a "get on with it yourselves" situation.I had booked the visit to Go Ape for my wife's birthday. To see something that she was looking forward to so much end up being a complete disaster was very disappointing.
Rated 5 Bananas davina - Tree Top Adventure, on 16 May 2015
Safety briefing was although informative, was also very entertaining . The staff where very friendly and happy to engage in a bit of banter . Overall an amazing experience . Will definitely go again. Something I thought I wouldn't say being scared of heights :)
Rated 5 Bananas George - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 May 2015
I was really happy with the experience I had at Go Ape at Leeds Castle, the staff were really helpful and gave me excellent one to one tuition.I was very nervous and unsure on whether I would go ahead and tackle my fear of heights, but they gave me the confidence to tackle this head on.I will certainly recommend you guys to friends an colleagues !!!!Thanks againGeorge
Rated 5 Bananas Libby - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 May 2015
This was a corporate day for me and my fellow Managers, we had a very warm welcome with some tasty pastries, tea, coffee and fruit juices in the Jungle hut, the staff were all very friendly, polite and helpful. We were then talked through the safety aspects and off we went into the jungle, we had so much fun, always felt safe and had lots of hysterics along the way, when we had completed the course we were greeted by a fantastic BBQ in the hut, which was sooo delicious, with a great selection of food and drinks. Once we were full, we then played rounders with a bat and hand made ball provided by the Go Ape team, which again was brilliant fun as we had the best weather too! :-) All in all I cannot fault anything, it was a fantastic day, everyone really enjoyed themselves and we would definitely go again! A BIG thank you to all the staff for helping us and especially Sean for his patience with the booking!
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