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“Loved our visit at Hever Castle”

Hever Castle & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 5 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 older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 3, 2017

We had a great time touring the gardens and the Castle. The gardens were spectacular and we strolled the wonderful Italian, Tudor, and Maze gardens for 1 ½ hours. The highlight was seeing the stunning dahlias blooming and the Italian sculpture placed throughout the garden.The Castle had a number of very neat rooms and we really enjoyed seeing them. We finished up with the miniature houses collection that is enjoyable to see. Hever was a great visit and a highlight of the houses/castles we saw on this trip.

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

With three young kids the focus is definitely on the gardens and to put it simply, they loved it! There's lots of space to run around, there's the maze (traditional-type with bushes marking the walkways), there's the playground (open but new bit currently being built - looks very impressive and set to open end of Oct I think) and the highlight is the water maze. This has tipping stones, some of which drench you when you step on them so changes of clothes and shoes definitely needed but they absolutely loved it. Then add in the walk round the lake, the option to hire boats (bit pricey), the huge spaces for picnics and the lovely cafes and ice creams available and what can I say - what's not to like? The castle itself is also really interesting and steeped in history. It gets busy though so watching the kids whilst trying to take it all in can get a bit tricky. But it is possible to buy grounds-only tickets (cheaper) if that's going to be the case. For us, a great day out and three very happy (and tired) kids!

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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

A superb castle well large Manor House and stunning grounds. The Tudor history is amazingly preserved and presented. An incredibly interesting venue.

Thank Mary C
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

A beautifully appointed castle with hundreds of years of English History. For history buffs and people intetested in the life, times and history surrounding King Henry XIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Not just a castle but beautiful grounds and exhibits.

Thank Eric G
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

Nice bright building, intrusive music, friendly staff. The restaurant is run by Leith's which should imply a good standard. The two of us each had a slice of 'flatbread pizza' and a large sausage roll, plus two bottles of 'pear cider' ( perry to me) This came to just over £30 which was rather a lot.....since much of the pastry was completely raw, especially on the bottom. Inedible. The base of the flatbread pizza was much more like a light coloured tasteless pastry, not at all like a bread. Why not use a proper crispy pizza dough? I ate under half of the base.
The menu states that the foods are locally sourced where possible. So, not possible to use Kentish cider and perry, or at least British.....theirs comes from Scandinavia!! We are a nation of apples and pears. Their statement is a mockery. Outside approaching the castle were masses of apples dropping onto the lawns and rotting. I am currently making loads of fresh apple cakes and desserts from my own apple tree....why is this 'locally sourced' menu not doing any? A very great disappointment, Leith's should do better than this.

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Joanna S, Digital Marketing Assistant at Hever Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2017

Dear June K,

Thank you for your review. We are sorry your flatbread and sausage roll were not served at their best. They are extremely popular with our regular visitors. Our staff would happily change any food items that are not perfect. Given the chance we would always go over and above to rectify any problems.

We certainly do make an effort to use local produce where possible. Our current locally sourced food and drink includes Kent crisps, Kentish ham, Local bread, Kentish honey, Chapel Down wines and sparkling wines, Sussex cheeses, Sussex Butter, Kentish juices, Local ice cream and many other items. We are looking at using more produce from the estate and we are discussing what would be possible with the Head gardener. We do have to respect the gardens are for visitors and the expectation would be to see apples in the orchard.

We appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback, please could you contact us via comments@hevercastle.co.uk so that we can discuss your experience further.


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