Duivenvoorde Castle tells the story of eight centuries of aristocratic living. It is a unique and still-inhabited castle and estate. It has its roots in the 13th century. The castle has fourteen historic interiors, which are open to the public, spanning the 17th through the 19th century. Every room has its own distinct character. Some rooms remained largely in 17th century state with beamed ceilings adorned with animal motifs. In other rooms one can enjoy 18th and 19th decoration schemes that have a completely different magic.
Duivenvoorde Castle sits in an English landscape garden. Between 1841 and 1849, the renowned landscape architect Jan David Zocher Jr (1791-1870) constructed the new garden to replace the French baroque garden. In recent years the park has been extensively restored. All the lanes, trails, groups of trees, meadows, and water parts were returned to the smooth contours of Zocher’s time. This brought back spaciousness, vitality, and centuries old allure to the park. The park also offers more walking and resting possibilities nowadays.
Duivenvoorde has a visitors pavilion in its walled garden called the ‘Leidse tuin’. Not only the ticket office and the museum shop are situated in the pavilion but also restaurant ‘Hof van Duivenvoorde’. The restaurant offers a year round warm and welcoming place to visitors and walkers. They can enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden and savour the taste of quality dishes mostly made of locally sourced products.
Laan van Duivenvoorde 4
2252 AK Voorschoten
From 14th April to 26th October 2018
Guided tours every day of the week except Monday, 14.00 p.m. and 15.30 p.m.
Guided private group tours by appointment only: