It has been called the most beautiful castle in the world. And I can't argue.
It is in a fairy tale setting in the beautiful countryside of Kent, just a short hop from London by train. But it could be a million miles away from the city! As I walk down a winding road filled with ponds, peacocks and beautiful gardens leading to the entrance, I am so happy to experience this piece of English history.
Leeds Castle passed into royal hands in 1278 and became part of the Queen of England’s dower, the settlement widowed queens received upon the death of their husbands. Over the course of 150 years it was held by six medieval queens: Eleanor of Castile; Margaret of France; Isabella of France, Joan of Navarre; Anne of Bohemia and Catherine de Valois.
So, it really is fit for a queen!
And for at least one king: Henry VIII was a frequent visitor with his Queen Catharine of Aragon.