Royal Summer Sights: Hever Castle

With over 700 years of History to offer and most famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle and Gardens is the perfect family day out in Kent.
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In the 15th and 16th Centuries, Hever Castle was the home to one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns. The castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second Wife of King Henry VIII, Queen of England and Mother of Queen Elizabeth I.

Opening Times

  • Grounds Open at 10:30am. Castle opens at 12 Noon.
  • 26th March – 28th October 2018: Closed at 18:00.


  • The Inner Hall: Used as the Great Kitchen during the Tudor period.
  • The Drawing Room: This room contained the Domestic Offices during the Tudor Period and only became the Drawing Room in 1905.
  • The Dining Hall: Originally the Great Hall, this room used to be open to the roof rafters.
  • The Morning Room: Used during the Tudor Period as a Private Retiring Room, the panelling and fireplace date back to the 17th century.
  • Anne Boleyn’s Bedroom: Born in 1501, Anne Boleyn spent her childhood at Hever Castle and this room is widely believed to be her bedroom.
  • King Henry VIII’s Bedchamber: It is believed that King Henry VIII stayed at Hever many times and this room is where he would’ve stayed.
  • The Life and Times of Anne Boleyn Exhibition: A new permanent exhibition at the Castle, this display in the Long Gallery brings 16th century Hever Castle to life.
  • Hever Gardens: Discover award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of grounds where amongst other things you will find the Italian Garden, the giant topiary chess set and a quintessential English Rose Garden.
  • Hever Lake: This 38-acre lake provides the perfect spot to reflect and relax away from the Castle and Gardens.

2018 Highlights

  • Jousting Events: Select Dates: The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament.
  • Knights and Princesses School: 21st July – 27th August: Giving children the opportunity to learn how to be a Knight or Princess of Medieval times.
  • Castle Canines: 4th – 5th August: A weekend dedicated to the Canine Friends with informative displays, entertainment and a fun dog show.
  • Handmade & Homegrown Festival: 31st August – 2nd September: If you are in the mood to celebrate all things handmade and homegrown then this festival is for you. Browse and sample the work of local artisans.

Eating and Shopping

  • You won’t be disappointed with the choice of food and drink on offer at Hever Castle. With a choice of restaurants, a cafe and various kiosks dotted around the grounds, you’ll find everything from ice creams to sandwiches, light bites to fine dining. Also, for an extra charge, there is Afternoon Tea served in the Anne Boleyn Wing. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
  • If you want to buy a memento of your special day then the Hever Shop offers you everything you could think of to remember your Anne Boleyn filled experience. The Courtyard Shop also offers the garden lover a whole host of products plus kitchenware and a good selection of plants.

Getting to Hever Castle

  • By Rail: Trains run from London Victoria and London Bridge through to Edenbridge Town Station.
  • There are no regular bus services to Hever Castle.
  • By Air: Gatwick Airport is only 30 minutes away from Hever Castle. Heathrow is one hour from the Castle.
  • By Sea: Dover is 1.5 hours away from Hever Castle as is the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone.


Castle & Gardens
on Entry
Gardens Only
on Entry
Castle & Gardens
Gardens Only
Adult £17.25 £14.50 £16.25 £13.70
Senior (60+) £15.00 £12.95 £14.15 £12.25
Student £14.50 £12.35 £13.80 £11.75
Child (5-15) £9.75 £9.20 £9.20 £8.70
Child under 5 Free Free Free Free
Family* £45.50 £39.90 £42.95 £37.70
*2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children

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Photo Credit: // Header Footer Slideshow [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Hever Castle[/url] by [url=]Peter Gasston[/url], on Flickr” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Peter Gasston

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