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Leeds Castle, Kent

If you have a penchant for dog collars, you’ll be well catered for at Leeds Castle. Among its many historic features is what is believed to be the world’s only museum dedicated to these items, some dating back to the 15th century.

Despite its name, the Castle is not in Yorkshire, but in Kent, near Maidstone and the village of Leeds. Built in 1119, it became the palace of King Edward I in 1278, but its most famous royal connections are with Henry VIII. He refurbished the castle for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was imprisoned there during the reign of her sister, Mary I.

Its last private owner was Lady Baillie, who bought it in 1926 and established the Leeds Castle Foundation. The castle opened to the public in 1976, and half a million visitors every year revel in its history and attractions, including an aviary, maze and annual hot-air balloon festival.

Photo: Frances Borg

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Leeds Castle is steeped in history. Catherine of Aragon lived here, the future Elizabeth I was imprisoned here. All this and a collection of dog collars too!

Malcolm Fox


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