A 900-year-old castle in Maidstone, Kent, known as Leeds Castle, has unveiled a new Christmas attraction inspired by a beloved children's book

Leeds Castle, often referred to as the "Castle of Queens" or the "Queen of Castles," boasts a rich history, having been home to seven medieval queens, including Eleanor of Castile, Queen Isabella, Philippa of Hainhault, Queen Anne of Bohemia, Joan of Navarre, Catherine de Valois, and Catherine of Aragon. Queen Elizabeth I was also briefly imprisoned in the castle before her coronation.

Notable figures such as Henry VIII, King George III, and Queen Charlotte have also visited or resided at the castle. Lady Baillie, an Anglo-American heiress, later transformed the castle into a 1930s party house.

Leeds Castle first opened to the public in 1976 and offers various rooms to explore, including a library, dining room, games room, writing room, a 1930s salon, and numerous drawing rooms and bedrooms. The castle also features attractions like a Dog Collar Museum and a short film titled "The Queens with Means." Visitors can also enjoy the castle's 500 acres of seasonal gardens and parkland.

The castle hosts seasonal events throughout the year, including a Christmas experience. From November 25, 2023, to January 1, 2024, Leeds Castle will transport visitors to the magical world of Narnia, inspired by C.S. Lewis's famous novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Guests will have the opportunity to meet characters such as Mr. Tumnus, Aslan, the White Witch, and Father Christmas. The castle will feature several installations, including a snowy woodland, a vintage fairground carousel, street food vendors, and the Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle, which returns for its second year. The Christmas light trail will feature illuminated lights and festive music.

Tickets for the castle are priced at £30 for adults and £22.50 for children, offering unlimited entry for up to one year. All tickets must be booked in advance online.

Earlier this year, Leeds Castle announced that it would rent out its bedrooms to guests, including the State Bedrooms where heiress Lady Baillie hosted prominent figures such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, and Charlie Chaplin. The castle also offers Battlement Bedrooms designed for the staff of Lady Baillie's guests. Overnight stays at the castle are available on specific dates, with new dates announced through a waiting list.

Additionally, Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire, which was once the home of the forgotten warrior queen Aethelflaed, received recognition as a 2023 Travellers' Choice award winner on Tripadvisor due to positive customer reviews.