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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
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Dating back to the 14th 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, one of 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.

Opening Times

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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2024
7 Feb – 28 Mar, daily
29 Mar – 26 Oct, daily
27 Oct – 3 Nov, daily
4 Nov – 21 Nov, Wed – Sun

Admission

For regular admission prices and to buy tickets, see the castle’s website.

Free access to the Castle and Gardens for Historic Houses members only applies from Monday to Friday, between 7 Feb 2024 and 21 Nov 2024 (closed some Mondays and Tuesdays in November), and excludes weekends, Kent school holidays, bank holidays, group bookings and Christmas.

Free and discounted tickets are no longer available to book online. Please book on arrival, subject to availability and the T&Cs stated.

Group Visits

Whether you are a group travel organiser 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.

They 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.

Tel: 01732 861 701 Email: groups@hevercastle.co.uk

Educational Visits

A visit to Hever Castle & Gardens offers informative educational school trips for UK and overseas groups and provides a stimulating opportunity for learning outside the classroom. School and student groups must book their visits in advance. Their Group Visits Coordinator will be happy to talk through the best type of visit to suit your class learning objectives.

Tel: 01732 861 701 Email: groups@hevercastle.co.uk

for the latest information.
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

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Hever Castle is located 30 miles from central London, 3 miles southeast of Edenbridge off the B2026 between Sevenoaks and East Grinstead in the village of Hever.

Trains run from London Victoria and London Bridge (via Oxted or East Croydon) to Edenbridge Town Station, and then take a taxi for three miles to the castle.

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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

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Hever Castle stained glass of Queen Anne Boleyn 1533

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