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Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever
(4.7/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Hever Castle is the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and is now a gorgeous tourist attraction in Kent. The Gardens aee stunning, probably prettier than Hampton Court Gardens. We visited this lovely castl...  more »
  • This was a perfect place to explore for us. Smaller than Dover and Winsor Castle tours, it gave us a chance to see a very historic place, without the exhaustion and crowds. Also, I was lucky enough to...  more »
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  • Beautifully looked after gardens, lovely lake, great on any sunny day year round. A bit expensive and could have more and better food options. Only one cafe with long long show queues and limited indoor seating, considering it's a big and busy place this should be improved. The food they serve is very good though
  • An absolutely gorgeous, historic, family friendly piece of English heritage. I've been twice, once with my daughter and once with my parents who were visiting from America. Both times were brilliant. This is an amazing place to pack a picnic and plan on spending a day just wandering around and enjoying the grounds. For the real history lover (me! me!), a visit inside the castle itself will just tickle you silly. It's impossible not to walk around, imagining Anne Boleyn doing exactly the same. Helpful hint for families: Pack a towel and a change of clothes for the kidlets. the water maze is too fun to skip!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️