Summer usually means vacation. For dog lovers, sometimes it also means combining your excursion and possible museum visits with your love of all things canine.
Years ago on a solo driving tour around England, after stopping to see Stonehenge I sped over to Kent. I wanted to visit the beautiful and historic Leeds Castle. Besides having the coolest moat and beautiful swans, this fairytale setting and stunning landmark is known for being..
a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th-century retreat for the influential and famous; and, in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
What was one of my favorite destinations over twenty years ago, remains so after I recently discovered they now have a Dog Collar Museum:
A unique collection of historic and fascinating dog collars has been built up over the years and is now the only one of its kind in Great Britain. Mrs. Gertrude Hunt most generously presented her collection of collars to the Leeds Castle Foundation in memory of her husband, John Hunt, the distinguished medievalist. The collection of over 100 collars and related exhibits has since been added to and enhanced by the Foundation itself. Spanning five centuries, the collection contains examples of collars from fearsome fetters for the great hunting hounds of the past, to canine couture for 21st century pooches.
Seriously, how cool is that? And, depending on the time you go, whether you like outdoor movies, medieval bed and breakfasts or want to dine alfresco, there are even more fun things to experience:
- Knights Glamping - sleep in a luxurious tent on the estate!
- Open Air Classical Concerts and Fireworks!
- Hot Air Balloons
- Open air cinema screening of "Casablanca" against the historic backdrop of the castle!
Learn more about the various events, accommodations and the history of Leeds Castle