About Hever Castle
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 and formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.
Its splendid panelled rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collection of Tudor portraits regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey. Two beautifully illuminated prayer books on display in the Book of Hours Room belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature. One is believed to be the prayer book Anne took with her to her execution at the Tower.
The charming castle at Hever has a rich and varied history. Today much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of a wealthy American, William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. A section of the Castle is dedicated to its more recent history, containing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.
Despite its splendour, Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated, haunted, with lots of armour and gruesome torture devices. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle.
When visiting the Castle we recommend you allow at least an hour to enjoy it. Final entry to the Castle is 1 hour before the grounds close and final exit is 15 minutes before they close. View opening times.
[The portrait collection at Hever Castle is the] "greatest privately owned public collection that tells the story of the Tudors."
Beautiful place and well worth a visit!
Amanda Fletcher on Facebook
Well worth the money. Always wanted to visit and picked a glorious day to do so. A brilliant place for a family day out.
Alison F on TripAdvisor
Hever Castle and grounds make a perfect setting for an away day whether alone, with friends or family. I had only picked up on Hever Castle's Tudor history, however, the modern history is just as fascinating.
George Grimes on TripAdvisor
Wonderful historic castle and beautiful gardens – well worth visiting, we'd go again if we were nearer. Gardens wheelchair friendly (she managed castle steps)
Caz on Trip Advisor
Ann Boleyn's family home, this is a very beautiful castle in miniature. The castle has some amazing artefacts, including the letter Ann sent to Henry whilst she was in the Tower awaiting execution. Some of the rooms appear to still be in use today. The grounds are very lovely, with a water maze and a real maze.
Christine on TripAdvisor