Hever Castle near Edenbridge: Dating back to the 13th century, and once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.
Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey. The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature.
Today, much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of William Waldorf Astor. He used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century.
The Astor Suite is dedicated to its more recent history, showcasing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.
A ‘Real’ Castle
Hever Castle is what every person wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. The new permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery depicts the saga from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation through its art collection.
The magnificent award-winning gardens are set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden. Admire the giant topiary chess set and then inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden.
The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains. A stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk, provide colour and interest throughout the year.
Wander further afield and enjoy Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk that follow the course of a stream through peaceful woodland or Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.
Hever Castle near Edenbridge Tours
Take a tour of the gardens with one of the Hever Castle gardening team. Learn about the beautiful gardens laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. The garden design displayed William Waldorf Astor’s magnificent collections of classical Italian statuary. So discover more about the work that goes on today to conserve, restore and improve the gardens.
Your tour guide will be happy to answer any questions you have about the gardens and the flora and fauna within them. Then at your own pace explore the restaurants, shops and a host of attractions.
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To visit Hever Castle near Edenbridge by coach contact Holt Services