Saturday we spent the day at Leeds Castle. The property is very large. After parking, we wound our way up the paths which eventually give you your first glimpse of the castle. There are several lakes/ponds, including the moat around the castle.
First we we went to see the Falcontry presentation which involved 2 owls and an American hawk. From there we explored the formal gardens. I love the photos of the young girl watching the peahen and her little chicks. The peahen’s stance was rather royal as well as protective as she marched them toward me. Of course I had to move out of her way!
We had a bite to eat before we toured the castle. It was on the restaurant patio that we first saw part of the wedding party. We saw further evidence of the upcoming nuptials as we walked toward the castle. Guests dressed to the nines, floral arrangements being delivered, and the banquet hall was being prepared. Obviously the color purple was being put to good use.
The tour started in the lower part of the castle which had been the area where food and wine had been stored. They give an exhibit of the history and timeline of the castle. From there you go up through the rooms, the first being the queens bedroom. Lady Baille was the last owner before she turned the property over to the National Trust. She was the one who introduced black swans to the property and used them as her emblem.
We decided to take a turn at the maze. We must have walked at least 15 minutes trying to get to the middle which has a raised area. We would see the same people wondering around just as lost as ourselves. One of the employees took pity on us and gave us the clue “just go left”, and we finally found the center. It was a lot of fun and it made for many grins and laughter with your fellow “maze goers”.