Anne at Hever Castle by Hans Holbein the Younger

Built in the 13th century, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn exudes history from its very walls. Explore the castle to see her prayer books, as well as love letters from Henry VIII sent to Anne before their marriage. You can even see one of Henry’s private locks, which he took with him on his travels to fit to every door for his security! It was rumoured that Henry and Anne had many of their trysts in Hever Castle before their marriage. There must have been strong memories associated with this house for Henry; he gave it to his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, upon their divorce. Visitors can explore the house to see a large collection of paintings and furniture from Tudor time, as well as instruments of torture hanging from the walls.

The grounds of Hever Castle are just as impressive as the castle itself. Cross across the oldest working portcullis in England to try your hand at archery or explore the orangery. There are delightful gardens to investigate, which range from an Italian garden to an herb garden. It encompasses many statues brought back from Europe, many of which are colossal in scale. Wander through the garden down to the lake, where you can take a row boat out for a romantic rendezvous or a fun family outing. Test your wits in the yew maze, which dates back more than a century. Young and old visitors alike will enjoy the water maze. Try to get to the folly at the centre without getting wet!

Hever, TN8 7NG
Tel: +44 (0)1732 865224
Times: April – October
Gardens: 10.30am – 6.00pm
Castle: 12pm – 6.00pm
November – December:
Gardens: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Castle: 11.00am – 4.00pm