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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2007
Leeds Castle has been a favorite hangout of kings, queens, lords, and ladies for some 900 years. The gardens and grounds are fabulous. Set in a valley of the River Len in Maidstone, the castle is a trove of art treasures, antiques, and history. Built by one of William the Conqueror's Norman lords in 1119, the castle passed into royal hands in 1278 and became part of the queen's dower. Edward i, Edward III, Richard II, and Henry V all held court here. But it was Henry VIII who dressed it up and turned it from a fortress into a palace for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Later, Elizabeth I was imprisoned here prior to her coronation. Be sure to visit the dog collar museum with more than 500 antique collars spanning five centuries of royal dogs.