Maze Running At Leeds Castle

Castles are the greatest, are they not? If there's one thing I could request that America get more of, it would be castles. So obviously, I used my five months in Europe to go castle-hopping. I've already talked about Cardiff Castle and Edinburgh Castle, but my first castle adventure was a bit closer to home (uh, London, when it used to be home): Amanda, Jen, Lorraine and I spent a day at Leeds Castle in Kent, England. (We were excessively confused as to why Leeds Castle isn't in Leeds, but hey.)

We went on an absolutely FREEZING day in early February (this was actually our first foray out of London, so I'm essentially blogging my travels completely backwards). So walking around the grounds was a borderline numbing experience, but that also meant we had the place almost entirely to ourselves. It was pretty awesome! Everything was beautiful, from the castle to the grounds, and there were birds everywhere. There was a bird sanctuary with all sorts of exotic species, plus ducks and swans and peacocks (!!!!) roaming freely. We stopped in the cafe for tea and scones (obviously), and got to act like children in a playground.

There was also a hedge maze, so fear not; the Harry Potter spirit was alive and well. I'd also happened to wear my Hufflepuff scarf that day, which was incredibly fitting (though dangerous, since Hufflepuffs tend to die when they reach the center of hedge mazes. Cough, Cedric Diggory). But at the center of this maze there was just a fake grotto thing -- no Portkeys to take us to Voldemort -- so in this maze, all four competitors survived. Success!

Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England
Leeds Castle in Kent, England

I'd take some freezing weather for another afternoon at a castle with my amazing London friends any day! (Though give Colorado a few weeks to start getting cold and I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune. How about just the castle and the friends, can I have those again?)


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  1. I love the castles in England; so many fabulous treasures to discover! x

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    1. Right?! I wish I'd gotten to see more of them!

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  2. Wow, despite being British born - I have never been to Leeds Castle - as if it's in London tho! Haha, that'll definitely be on the list of places I should visit in future - Aboustely love that proposal picture :D

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    1. Yay! I don't even remember how we found out about it, but I'm certainly glad we did. HAHA, thank you! We all thought it'd be a perfect spot for a proposal so we took it into our own hands!

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  3. Ah looks like so much fun! I'm always so confused by Britain, their names and how weird it all is - like you'd probably expect a castle in Castletown right? nope lol
    Also I love that maze thing and your link to HP! Everything I see a tall hedge I think of the maze of book 4 and kind of wish I was in a maze!

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    1. Isn't it strange? We were attempting to plan our trip there and were like "wait, no, not a train to Leeds..." Glad we caught that before we ended up in the wrong place! lol.

      Thanks! Amanda and I are two of the biggest HP nerds you'll ever meet so we honestly turned everything into HP. Wooden bridge? Check. Hedge maze? Check. Random brick wall in King's Cross? Check. :P But this one was just too perfect with my Hufflepuff scarf!

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  4. Yeah America DOES need more castles!! Someone should get on that ;) I've heard so many great things about Leeds Castle. It's beautiful! Also, anyone who can reference HP like you is my new best friend ;)

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    1. Thanks! Bahaha yesssss HP breeds the best friendships! ;D

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