Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG
The home of Anne Boleyn, lavishly remodelled for the Astor family.
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- Parkland / open spaces
- Pet friendly
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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.
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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.
What's on at Hever Castle?
Bluebells at Hever Castle
Cars at Hever Castle
Axe throwing at Hever Castle
Hever in bloom
Hever’s Home Front
Jousting season at Hever | Selected dates
Wildlife Walk Experience at Hever
Craft Fair at Hever Castle
Autumn colour at Hever
Halloween Half Term at Hever
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