Leeds Castle is beautiful any time of the year, from golden autumn to bright-green spring. Chances are, you’ll want to visit this South East England gem more than once while you’re here, so stay somewhere close by – these neat retreats are all bookable on Culture Trip.
The name may confuse you – Leeds Castle is nowhere near the city of Leeds. It’s believed the title came from Ledian, after the man who built its first timber incarnation in the 9th century. Whatever the story, the reality is breathtaking: set on a trio of islands ringed by an artificial lake, this Norman stronghold-turned-Tudor palace-turned-Georgian mansion cuts a classic turreted and crenellated profile. Make your exploration easy by booking into one of these nearby boltholes.