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“A great day out”

Hever Castle & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Hever
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hever Castle was the childhood home of 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 includes jousting tournaments each summer, one of our most popular events.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have been visiting here for years. It has something to offer for everyone of any age : the castle, the water maze, the adventure playground.

Thank Jill150167
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

went on thursday. fair enough out of season but i found the price overinflated at £15.00 per adult for entry. went for food and there was a choice of three items, fish and chips, stew or vegetable lasagne. heard a woman who was being served the stew say she would need three platefulls to fill up. at nearly a tenner i thought it was bad but £4.00 for a sandwich was ridiculous too.

Castle interior was lovely in places, an ecclectic mix of tudor and early 20th century, but the staff were very unhelpful and rude at times if i asked for further information so in the end i gave up. grounds were beautiful but some places obviously cordoned off due to being out of season.

in conclusion it was ok, i didnt hate it, but it was too expensive for what was there, the food wasnt good and if i went again it would have to be in the height of summer.

1  Thank Julia D
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Fantastic grounds, and a very interesting castle. Full of history, and a great place to spend an afternoon on a summers day.

Thank chawkes2016
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Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

The castle itself is attractive from the outside and interesting inside. It was nice seeing Anne Boleyn's old rooms. The castle had a nice feel about it but some of the items on display seemed to be hung up for the sake of it just because they were from the Tudor period even if they were crude sketches or items without much relevance.
Not unlike Hampton Court, you cannot take any photographs inside the castle and an Audio guide will cost you £3.
I couldn't help compare it to somewhere like Leeds castle where it costs approx £18 for a annual ticket and its stunning all year round. I'm glad we used our Tesco's Days out tokens to Hever as £15 would have been too much for the short time it takes to see everything.
I know we have had a harsh winter but the gardens didn't look well maintained in some areas. We found some small waterfalls on the premises which were nice to photograph (but have seen falls like these about before in parks that don't charge admission). We went during the advertised 'snow drop trail' and did see a few pretty snowdrops but certainly not enough to be classed as a trail.

If you go to Hever I'd recommend going on a warm sunny day.

1  Thank Abbiefern
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have been an avid reader of Tudor history so had Hever Castle on my list of places to visit whilst in the UK. Hever Castle is simply brilliant. Not on a huge scale, like some of Britain's other castles and palaces, but charming none the less. Hever Castle (like many such attractions) is closed for part of the Winter months, but we were lucky to find it re-opened during mid-term break. It is well laid out for visitors, and information is prevalent. The guide book is worth purchasing as well. A must do on your list of things to see in the UK.

Thank Unicorn519
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