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Hever Castle and Gardens
Thursday 18 June 2020

The castle dates back to the thirteenth century. However, the most famous owners were the Boleyns.

The castle was Henry Vlll’s second wife, Anne Boleyn’s childhood home and formed the backdrop to the tumultuous events that changed Britain’s monarch and religion.  Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves also lived here.  From the seventeenth century the castle fell into disrepair until it was imaginatively restored by William Waldorf Astor in the twentieth century.

William Astor invested time, money and imagination in the restoration of the castle.  He created a lavish home, stunning, Italianate gardens and a magnificent lake.

Our private guided tour will be of the castle and its many panelled rooms filled with fine furniture, tapestries and antiques dating from the Tudors, including ‘The Book of Hours’ belonging to Anne Boleyn. The Astor Suite is dedicated to their extensive collection of Edwardian memorabilia.

The rest of the day can be spent exploring the splendid gardens.  William Astor’s vision is only now coming to fruition with the Rose Garden and the giant, topiary chess set reaching maturity.  There are many other new features created by the present owners including the Yew Maze and splashing Water Maze.  And don’t miss the fabulous 1/12thscale model houses illustrating the development of the English country house from Tudor to Victorian times.

There are many opportunities for lunch or snacks including the Guthrie Pavilion, the Moat Restaurant and the Loggia Bar. Alternatively, provision is made for picnics within the grounds.

For further information on Hever Castle, please go to the website:

Please contact Anna Manners for bookings

  Price: £57.00

Depart Arlington (Lower Car Park)         08.00hrs

Depart Hever Castle                             16.00hrs