I recently visited Hever Castle with my husband.
We found the castle quite easily, despite the small country lanes in the surrounding area. Parking was not an issue as we were there quite early (when the grounds open up). However, there was plenty of parking available as we found when we returned to our car and saw the entire field was full of cars!
I cannot say enough just how beautiful the grounds of the castle are. They really took my breath away, from the manicured lawns to the lake to the gardens. Yes it does cost a fair bit to get in, however the care they take in maintaining this wonderful place I would say was worth it. The water maze was a funny experience and if you stepped on the wrong plate, you'd end up a bit wet. The yew maze was an experience! I could not find the center without the help of my husband and found myself backtracking quite a few times. Everyone in the maze seemed to be having a great time trying to find their way around.
The actual castle is smaller than I imagined, but no less stunning. You follow a set route around the castle looking at rooms, artifacts from the Boleyn era and afterwards William Waldorf Astor who restored the castle at great expense. It is beautiful and respectful of both the Boleyn's and Astor's who lived here.
We spent around 2.5 hrs looking around the gardens and the castle. It was a lovely sunny day and most people looked to have bought picnics and settled on the lawn area. This would be a wonderful setting for a family picnic, and if we returned again, weather permitting, we too would bring a picnic and spend a full day soaking in the beautiful views.
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