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 what is regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey.
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.
Today’s opening hours
31 March - 26 October, every day, 10.30am - 6pm.
Please note: Historic Houses members may visit once for free in any calendar year (Christmas opening excluded).
9 - 17 February, Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm - 4.30pm.
18 - 24 February, every day, 3pm - 4.30pm.
27 February - 30 March, Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm - 4.30pm.
31 March - 26 October, every day, 10.30am - 6pm.
27 October - 3 November, every day, 3pm - 4.30pm.
6 - 22 November, Wednesdays to Sundays, 3pm - 4.30pm.
23 November - 8 December, Wednesdays to Sundays, 4.30pm - 6pm.
9 - 23 December, every day, 4.30pm - 6pm.
24 December, 3pm - 4.30pm.
27 December - 1 January, 3pm - 4.30pm.
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.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Relyon Taxis 01732 863800
Historic Houses members visit free once per calendar year except during the Christmas event period.
Other entry prices vary.
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Hearing loops
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Access statement available
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.
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.
Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds at Hever Castle. Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden.
The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains. A stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk, provide colour and interest throughout the year.
Wander further afield and enjoy Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk that follow the course of a stream through peaceful woodland or Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.
Enjoy Astor’s Garden Legacy, our interactive garden exhibition which traces the restoration and development of the stunning gardens from Tudor times to the present day.
We recommend that you allow 1.5 hours to explore the gardens.
Hever Castle has teamed up with Squerryes vineyard to host a Celebration of Kentish Wines Dine & Stay – a chance to combine over 700 years of history with an opportunity to learn and taste wines from some of the world’s most exciting winemakers.
Guests can arrive in the afternoon of Thursday 3 October, settle into the Astor Wing and explore the Hever Castle estate. In the early evening, guests will gather in the Astor Wing’s elegant Music Room ahead of a private guided tour of the Castle, after which Squerryes will host a drinks reception in the Castle.
A six-course dinner will follow, each course paired with a wine from the Wine Garden of England: Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Simpsons, Gusbourne and Biddenden. After dinner, there will be an opportunity to purchase a mixed Kentish Wines case containing the wines from the evening and enjoy an evening bar or retire to bed.
The next morning, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the magnificent wood paneled Tudor Suite Dining Room before heading off to the nearby Squerryes Estate in Westerham for a tour of the vineyard and a tutored tasting ‘A Flight of Squerryes’. If the weather is favourable, there may also be an opportunity to assist with the harvesting of the grapes!
Tickets cost £250.00 per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe Room. Upgrades are available to a Feature Room at £20.00 per person or a Superior Room at £25.00 per person. There is one Suite, the Edward VII Suite available at £300 per person. Full Payment is requested at the time of booking and all bookings are non-refundable due to the popularity of this event.
Find out more about Hever Castle here.
Images courtesy Hever Castle & Gardens
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.
With this in mind, Hever Castle is proud to offer a selection of award winning venues.
Whether it’s the stately grandeur of the castle itself, the classic, country house atmosphere of the Astor Wing or the stunning lakeside location of the Italian Garden, Hever Castle offers a wedding venue to suit all your wedding day dreams.
Within the grounds of the Hever Castle estate there are two opportunities for you to spend the night with us.
One is as a guest in our ‘five star’ Luxury Bed and Breakfast, located in the Astor Wing and the Anne Boleyn Wing, an Edwardian Wing attached to Hever Castle.
The other is in our ‘five star gold’ rated holiday cottage, Medley Court, which is attached to the Astor Wing.
Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, offers two unique venues for corporate hospitality, the Astor Wing and the Guthrie Pavilion.
The Astor Wing, sympathetically built onto the castle by William Waldorf Astor in 1904, the Astor Wing boasts an impressive Tudor style meeting space, newly refurbished with state of the art audio visual facilities, suitable for up to 60 delegates. Dine in the castle in the evening and stay overnight in one of the 28 luxury, 5 star bedrooms.
The Guthrie Pavilion, located in the award winning Italian Garden, this versatile, contemporary space accommodates up to 200 delegates. Offering the flexibility of being used for either a conference or a dinner, the Guthrie Pavilion is popular with clients requiring somewhere to meet in a peaceful location with space to spread out and brainstorm.
Combine either venue with team building activities in the grounds. Hever Castle also offers a championship golf course, an activities field for outdoor pursuits, an outdoor heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Whether it’s an off-site meeting you are organising, a team building activity day, perhaps a company celebration, a summer or Christmas party, or quite simply an opportunity to get away from the office, Hever Castle opens its doors to you and offers its beautiful facilities as a first class venue.