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Hever Castle

Hever Road, Hever TN8 7NG, England
01732 865224
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Hever
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Hever Castle is an important historic castle on the English landscape, and was once the family home of one of England’s most famous Queens – Anne... more » Owner description: Hever Castle is an important historic castle on the English landscape, and was once the family home of one of England’s most famous Queens – Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. The castle is a romantic double moated 13th century castle which houses historic 16th century portraits, paintings, furniture, tapestries and treasures. Comprehensive information on the history of Hever Castle can be found in the guide book and audio tours are available from the Hever Shop, Visitor Centre or Castle Entrance. Visitors can explore the magnificent gardens for all seasons which include Italian, Rose and Tudor gardens, topiary, yew maze and splashing water maze, or take a stroll around the informal areas of Sunday Walk and Anne Boleyn’s Walk. Hever hosts a number of special events throughout the season including gardening events with the Head Gardener and his team. Family fun include Jousting Tournaments each summer and is one of our most popular events; visit our website for up to date information on events, prices and opening times. « less
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brighton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Hever castle is a fantastic day out, lots going on, beautiful gardens, best ice cream i have ever tasted and a really interesting trip around the actual castle, nice to do the rowing boat on the lake but there is a trip on the African Queen if your not feeling energetic , I am not normally bothered about gardens but... More

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The title says it all, a good day out, the grounds are beautiful with plenty to see and admire. I love the Italian garden. The castle is interesting but as said before it has all been refurbished. There are various places to eat or just get a coffee. When my children were small we used to take a picnic and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The castle itself is nothing out of this world, specially since all the interiors are not from their original time and the rooms have been completely refurbished. However, the gardens are beautiful! And huge as well. You could spend the whole day just walking around the gardens and enjoying the views and scents from nature. It is suitable for families... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I absolutely adored Hever. Sometimes I find historical museums/castles/etc a bit tedious, but Hever was fantastic, and I would definitely revisit. The entrance fee of nearly £16 seems hefty, but you can easily spend the entire day there. The castle itself is more of a (very) large house, but still incredibly beautiful. You are led round a logical route to... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful castle and the gardens are gorgeous!!! We had a very special day. The staff was very nice and accommodating. We were there on a day when they had a joust- what fun! There were a lot of people but because we stayed at the Astor Wing B&B, we had access to the gardens before and after... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice house ( it's not really a "proper" castle even though it has a moat ) but even though it has some very beautiful interiors most of them are early 20th century ( as opposed to original medieval ) but it's still a very picturesque place to visit with lovely gardens - an amusing maze/water feature... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Hever Castle and grounds make a perfect setting for an away day whether alone, with friends or family. I had only picked up on Hever Castle's Tudor history, however, the modern history is just as fascinating. The hugely successful American William Waldorf Astor restored the castle in the early Twentieth Century following a period of neglect. The restoration was to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First visit to this wonderful venue. The Italian gardens are amazing. The rose garden scent is beautiful as are the roses. Water everywhere with ducks, swans, fish. So very much to see and do. Highly recommended day out.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

"The childhood home of Anne Boleyn" - that castle home is very interesting, especially to people interested in British history. But the extensive gardens were what thrilled me. Different styles, old statuary, flowering plants - I could go on and on - and we spent a couple of hours wandering and didn't see everything. We ate in one of the... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a really lovely day here, weather was great as well. Such a picturesque castle - although it really is a very large home that looks like a castle! We visited the castle first and think you should warn visitors that on the way around the castle you have to climb stone circular stairs, the first ones warn you... More

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