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Leeds Castle

(Kent)

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 (...it 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

LeedsCastle

The team at Leeds Castle

The Address

Go Ape Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
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.

THERE ARE SIGNS AT THE BOTTOM OF PENFOLD HILL SAYING ROAD AHEAD CLOSED YOU ARE TO IGNORE THIS AND PROCEED AS NORMAL.

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...

The Dog and Bear

Palace Farm

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 4 Bananas Alan - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 April 2014
It took 3 hours 15 minutes to complete the course and we must have wasted at least an hour waiting for a couple and 2 children who either held us up while they took photos of the children or froze when descending a zip wire. In my view the staff should have been proactive in reminding this group that their actions were causing delay and annoyance to those behind them. Four of our group were too wet and bored to complete the 5th and last section of the course which included one of the best zip wire descents. If it states on the web site that the duration is between 2 and 3 hours, then the staff should use their influence to hit this target time.
Rated 5 Bananas Emily - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 April 2014
I think Go Ape is fantastic and having gone with hubby the first time it was great to take the kids and they loved it. They are already asking when they can go again! Unfortunately at over £100 for the 4 of us there is no chance of returning anytime soon. I appreciate your costs reflect insurances, quality and maintenance, but I think you could do well by offering much reduced rates for out of season and off peak times. We went on a school inset day and only 6 of the 20 slots were being used. If it was more like £10 per person we would probably go every inset day! We had a great day though and Alex was great. Many thanks.
Rated 5 Bananas Lisa - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 April 2014
It was absolutely incredible! very scary at some parts, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I especially love the zip wires!!! Fantastic experience and I will be bringing my friends back for another go very soon..... x
Rated 4 Bananas john - Tree Top Junior, on 8 April 2014
Friendly efficient staff. At one stage tho though many people on Kids frame and spent a long time waiting to go around meaning we only got to go around the course 3 times and our time was up.Luckily one of the girls let us go around again.
Rated 5 Bananas John - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 April 2014
My three boys loved it and want to go again.
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