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Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever
Categories: Castles, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
At Hever Castle & Gardens, see where the famous second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, spent her childhood. Boleyn's brief marriage to the King--and subsequent execution when he sought a new wife--made her a key figure in the Church of England's 16th-century break from the Vatican. Today, you can see portraits from her era, paintings, furniture, and tapestries in the castle where she grew up. Outside, view Italian, rose, and Tudor gardens and walk around the water maze and shrubs trimmed into statues. Special events, such as gardening sessions with the Head Gardener and jousting tournaments, happen throughout the year. Check the schedule before you visit. You can also purchase an audio tour of the site at the Hever Shop, Information Centre, or entrance. Use our Hever holiday planner to add Hever Castle & Gardens and other attractions to your Hever vacation plans.
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We really enjoyed our trip to Hever Castle and Gardens and would recommend this Castle to everyone and the gardens which are beauitfully designed and very interesting and lovely statues. The Castle ha... read more »
The view of the castle from the car park is outstanding but try and make sure you get there just after its opened to see it when its not too crowded. The house dates back to the 14th century but its m... read more »
Hever Castle is a lovely day out for all the family. The castle is full of paintings and artefacts with lots of written information regarding the history of the castle. The gardens are beautiful and y... read more »
Castle and grounds are gorgeous, well worth the entry fee. Great visit for all the family, easy access and lots of attractions and activities. Would advise take picnicking as food and drink very expensive. No cash machine on site and no card payment taken for activities and kiosks. Otherwise a wounderful full day out.
A really beautiful castle with so much history. I would definitely recommend the audio tour as you learn so much more during your visit. The gardens are a delight with surprises around every corner and even a secret garden and a maze! The food in the tearoom was freshly made and very tasty. The garden centre sells a wide variety of plants at good prices. And the "Lavender Loos" are probably the prettiest public toilets I have ever visited!
Had a lovely day out with my wife and baby here which couldn't have gone better. A lovely setting for the traditional castle feel against the backdrop of picturesque well maintained gardens that would not look out of place from Kew Gardens. Drove down and parking could it have been easier, we had booked online so queue jumped on this busy Sunday 👍🏽. Would recommend the multimedia guided tour of the castle which was clear and very informative and really took you back in time and gave you a sense of history of the place. Various gardens to stroll around and at the height of the summer season was spectacular. Great activities like the mazes and archery/face painting to keep kids occupied. There was a jousting event which was very entertaining and the staff in costumes played their part to perfection. We had a picnic in front of the castle on horse shoe lawn and tea at the Guthrie pavilion restaurant where the amenities were clean and tidy. Would definitely come back again ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mark J Churchill
A superb afternoon spent exploring the castle and gardens. The castle is very different compared to your typical military affair. A wonderful mix of tudor and early 20th century. And the Italian gardens, well wow! Even in early September there was colour to see.
Fantastic gardens. Castle was less impressive compared to some others but brilliant history about anne boleyn. The italian garden with roses were beautiful and loads of fun for yong kids with three different mazes (yew maze, water maze and tower maze) and plently to do for adults alike. Enjoy the boating and the stroll
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