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Hever Castle

The home of Anne Boleyn, lavishly remodelled for the Astor family.

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

Hever Castle, Kent

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History

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  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
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Spanning more than 700 years, the history of Hever Castle is rich and varied. The original medieval defensive castle, with its gatehouse and walled bailey, was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was the home of one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns, who added the Tudor dwelling within the walls.

The Castle was to become the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife, who became Queen of England for just 1,000 days. It was Henry’s love for Anne and her insistence that she became his wife rather than his mistress that led to the King renouncing Catholicism and creating the Church of England.

Hever later passed into the ownership of another of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne of Cleves, and from 1557 onwards it was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humphreys and the Meade Waldos.

Gradually it fell into decline before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle. He commissioned the ’Tudor Village’, now called the ‘Astor Wing’ and the construction of the magnificent gardens and lake. At Hever, his wealth and vision enabled him to create a lavish family home that also indulged his passion for history.

Opening Times

2022

Opening dates for Historic Houses members:

9 & 10 February.

21 February to 1 April: Mondays to Fridays.

19 April to 27 May: Mondays to Fridays.

6 June to 22 July: Mondays to Fridays.

1 September to 21 October: Mondays to Fridays.

31 October to 18 November: Mondays to Fridays.

Opening times and dates for general public:

9 February – 26 March: Daily – Last entry 3pm.

27 March – 29 October: Daily – Last entry 4:30pm.

30 October – 18 November: Wednesdays to Sundays – Last entry 3pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Admission

Historic Houses members visit free during off-peak times during the year.

Free access to the Castle and Gardens only applies Monday-Friday 9 Feb 2022 until 18 Nov 2022 (Closed some Mondays and Tuesdays in November).

Free access excludes weekends, Kent school holidays, bank holidays and group bookings.

Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment using the Historic Houses Member ticket option.

Group Visits

Whether you are a group travel organiser, a teacher, or member of the travel trade planning trips and tours in Kent, Hever Castle & Gardens has a selection of experiences and packages to suit the interests and needs of groups and schools alike.

We have a dedicated member of staff who will assist you with your planning and will guide you every step of the way to ensure that your group visit is a memorable one.

Whatever type of group visit you are planning, large or small we look forward to helping you plan your perfect day out.

Educational Visits
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The Anne Boleyn Rose Portrait

Images credit Hever Castle.

Anne Boleyn's prayerbook discovery at Hever Castle with Kate McCaffrey

A new discovery on Anne Boleyn’s historic prayer book

On the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution Hever Castle reveals new research on her historic prayer book, unveiling what happened to it after her death.

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Hever Castle gardens in the summer

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