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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
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.

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.

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.

See their website to double check their opening times

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.

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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