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Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Hever attractions like Hever Castle & Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The castle has the potential to be very interesting. Being the family home of the Boleyns, it is possible that the audio could have enlightened us with some interesting historical information but to.....  more
    The castle has the potential to be very interesting. Being the family home of the Boleyns, it is possible that the audio could have enlightened us with some interesting historical information but to.....  more »
  • My family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young children) have visited Hever Castle so many times that we finally decided to become annual members despite living over an hour away. We have never had a... 
    My family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young children) have visited Hever Castle so many times that we finally decided to become annual members despite living over an hour away. We have never had a...  more »
  • We've been to the beautiful Hever Castle a few times and was really looking forward to visiting the light show there for Christmas. We got there for our allocated time slot and although the drive... 
    We've been to the beautiful Hever Castle a few times and was really looking forward to visiting the light show there for Christmas. We got there for our allocated time slot and although the drive...  more »
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  • Honestly, nothing can do it justice. The castle is wonderful, especially at Christmas. The grounds are exquisite. The staff and volunteers are helpful and knowledgeable. The bed and breakfast is absolutely better than anything you can imagine. The rooms ate incredible, the service wonderful and the breakfast ( and dinner if you are able to dine there) excellent. Honestly, just cannot enthuse enough about this place. It has become our favourite.
  • Visited a couple of weeks ago, so worth the visit of the garden and castle. Well kept and interesting audio guide, plus kiddies playground was superb. Archery was fun, payable separately in cash. A couple of places to eat and have coffee. Shop was well stock too. Seen a wedding held there and bride photos taken in front of the castle
  • We had no idea how much time we would need to see and experience all. Which means, we have to come back for sure. This place is amazing. And so many activities going on. We did only book the gardens, but with watching the jousting, the weaponry demonstration, the battle of the knights and visiting the Italian garden and lake, time was running away from us. Great day out. Most people bring there own picnic as there is ample space to rest on the various lawns throughout the park. Definitely a place for a family. Kids will be entertained, as there is so much going on for kids of all ages. We loved it. Next time we will be visiting, we will come much earlier and leave time for a visit of the castle as well. There is lots of parking space available for free and wheelchair accessible as well.
  • I absolutely love this place. It takes me back to my childhood of visiting historical English landmarks including castles, mansions and gardens with my grandparents. This nostalgic walk back in time was magical. We had a one night stay in the Astor Wing which undoubtedly had the most comfortable bed of our holiday. Feeding the ducks was also a highlight with bags of feed available for 50p. The ducks loved it nearly as much as the family!
  • I visited on a Monday and was fairly busy. The gardens and grounds are fantastic. The castle is fairly small but neat and well kept. There are a couple places to eat and ice cream places. They sell a variety of rose bush and several other plants. It is a great place to visit.

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