Join
Join

Hever Castle

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

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

Hever Castle, Kent

Experience this house

Visit

Key Information

  • Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Getting Here
  • Opening Times
  • Admission
  • Group Visits
  • Accessibility

Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was 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 an impressive collection of Tudor portraits. 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, who 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.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details about special events.

Visit the house's website

Much of what you see today is thanks to William Waldorf Astor, who was once the richest man in America and who purchased Hever Castle in 1903.

Upon the death of his father in early 1890, Astor inherited a personal fortune that made him the richest man in America. He grew increasingly disenchanted with America announcing that it was ‘no longer a fit place for a gentleman to live’ and in 1891 moved to England with a reputed $100 million.

Between 1903 and 1908 Astor set about the restoration of the Castle, construction of the Astor Wing and creation of the lake and gardens.

Why our members love visiting Hever Castle

Visit houses nearby

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

near Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place

Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG

Small Azaleas at Riverhill Garden

Riverhill House and Gardens

Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR

Become a Historic Houses member

Explore the nation’s heritage from just £56 per year.

Hundreds of the most beautiful historic houses, castles, and gardens across Britain offer our members free entry.

Receive a quarterly magazine exploring the architecture, collections, and family histories of our grandest and oldest homes, and get an insight into what it takes to keep them standing today.

Enjoy monthly online lectures about the houses and their extraordinary history, presented by experts including house owners, curators and guest lecturers.

Join now
Hever Castle stained glass of Queen Anne Boleyn 1533

Sign up for our free bulletin

Are you interested in the stories locked away inside Britain’s Historic Houses? Every Friday, we publish a free newsletter detailing news, stories and details from our member houses. From the stained glass windows of Knebworth House to the armoury of Bamburgh Castle, whether you’re a member or just interested, subscribe here and explore the treasures of Britain’s Historic Houses.