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Leeds Castle, Kent

There’s a royal feel to this treetop ropes course. Aim to be crowned thrill seeker extraordinaire as you pit your wits, nerves and agility against this Treetop Challenge which boasts five zips - two of which are over 250m long! Get the family out and about and up into the treetops. This adventure unfolds and unfurls as you make your way into the woods and is a great confidence booster and starting point for young explorers.

Winter Opening Hours

We are open on weekends this winter (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), so grab your coat, gloves and hat and join us for an adventure.

Christmas Opening Hours

Escape to the great outdoors this festive period. We are open on the following days over the Christmas holidays:
Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd December
Monday 27th - Friday 31st December

Sundown Sessions are back

Sundown Sessions are returning from this October at Go Ape Leeds Castle. Discover more here.

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Sundown Sessions at Go Ape Leeds Castle

You can swing through the trees on Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus this winter at Go Ape Leeds Castle. Tackle mega-high platforms in the darkness or feel the speed of a zip wire as the sun goes down. With minimal lighting, these sense heightening experiences really do add a new level of excitement into the mix. After all, everybody knows that when the sun goes down the real fun begins…

What and when can I book?

Treetop Adventure and Treeop Adventure Plus:

  • After 16:30 on Saturdays between 13th November and 11th December.
  • After 16:00 between 18th and 30th December.

How do I book?

1. Click the ‘book now’ button at the top of your screen.
2. Choose your preferred location and chosen activity 
3. Select your date and time, Sundown Sessions usually start after 5pm, but times can vary by site.
4. From here, follow the usual check-out process, but be quick as spaces are limited!


Leeds Castle in Maidstone has been described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. Home to six queens and Henry VIII himself, the castle is now 900-years-old and offers 500-acres of beautiful parkland and gardens for you and the family to explore.

Should you wish to enter the grounds of Leeds Castle, customers are required to purchase an additional entrance ticket to Leeds Castle which is available to by at the main entrance to Leeds Castle itself. Please visit for more information.

Children are spoiled for choice with Adventure Golf, Knights’ Stronghold Playground, and the Squires’ Court Playground.

Head over to the Bird of Prey Centre for some free Hawk, Vulture, Falcon and Owl flying displays which take place in the Falconry Arena in front of the Maze.

Want to give your feet a rest? Take a leisurely punt on the moat, sit back and enjoy a ride on Elsie the Castle Train or catch the Black Swan Ferry Boat across the Great Water from the castle and drive to the maze and play areas.

There are lots of exciting events which go on throughout the year such as Motors by the Moat, a Medieval Jousting Tournament, open-air cinema and evening bat walks.

Location Overview

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  • School Trips More info

  • Dogs on Leads Allowed

    (NOT allowed in castle and grounds)

  • Food and drink

  • Winter Opening

Go Ape Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PD

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Know Before You Go

  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • Dogs on leads are permitted in the Go Ape area but only assistance dogs may visit the castle and grounds.

Make A Day of It

  • Enjoy some history and culture in Leeds Castle (please note that extra charges apply for entry into the castle grounds)

  • Try your luck in the hedges at Leeds Castle’s Maze. 
  • Worked up an appetite after the course? Treat your taste buds - there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
  • Fabulous morning but unfortunately very short staffed. The staff that were there were excellent, very friendly and professional with words of encouragement when my 5 year old got a little scared. It was a shame that they couldn’t provide more support on the platforms and bridges to prevent others waiting their turn.


  • Had a great time at Go Ape yesterday, staff were really friendly!


  • We really enjoyed it and it was well organised-mum, dad and 2 early teenagers.


  • Great fun for all the family and very safe. The staff fully explain how the safety systems work to make sure you remain safe around the course, which is different between the junior and adult courses. The junior course has a safety system where you follow the wire for the entire course and the staff connect you up - perfect as it means you don't have to worry about keeping a constant watch that your children are doing it right. The adult course requires a more hands on approach as you have to keep moving from one safety wire to the next, which allows you to choose between different difficulty options - but you have two lines and must always have one connected so you're not at risk of falling. The courses vary and offer a range of activities. The junior course has two courses and you get to choose which one to go one each time you go round - they operate a time limit here so you can go round as many times as you like in an hour. The adult course is split into 5 stages, with the first being the training section where you're fully supervised. The staff are really friendly and guide you through the process to make sure you remain safe but also enjoy your time. Highly recommended for a trip out for family, friends or even a work team building exercise.

    Andrew Broughton

  • Totally great time had by all for my son's 13th Birthday party. The only downside is no toilets in the immediate vicinity of the GO Ape Hut, nearest at the Leeds castle entrance. (this comment made by all the lads after going round the course for 2/3hours). The booking side of things very easy, I did go out to Leeds Castle GO Ape prior to booking and chatted with a member of staff re my booking as I always like to see things in person and get info face to face. So I was a little miffed at the time I had to provide 1adult for each two teenagers taking part, (but it was explained) then if I wanted one of the shelters for afterwards that would cost extra aswell! I did book when there was a promotion so I did save a few pounds. And I decided against hiring a shelter 'thingie' due to the lack of facilities. That all said all 6 teenagers and 3(adults)big kids had a great time. Thank you.

    Sarah Savage

  • I know that friends on the ground can take photos. But I have a few suggestions. 1) Head cams would be great to video our experience 2) Like amusement parks have cameras taking photos of people on the Tarzan swing and zip wires. Both of these suggestions I would have paid extra for.

    Mr Harris