Courtyards – Tudor Tuesdays

January 12 2021 | Castle History

Hever Castle Rooms & Exhibitions Gate HouseCourtyards is the theme for #TudorTuesdays with Historic Houses.

Entrance to the courtyard at Hever Castle can only be gained by walking over a drawbridge which was reinstated by former owner William Waldorf Astor in 1905.

Once visitors cross over the drawbridge, which can still be raised, then go through the magnificent gatehouse and under two of the oldest surviving portcullis’ in England, one of which can still be operated.

The Courtyard is where visitors to the historic Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, can see the most obvious difference in age between the stone Gatehouse and the timber-framed Tudor additions it protects. These were added in the 15th and 16th century by the Boleyn family.

In this video Castle Supervisor, Dr Owen Emmerson, provides further detail about Hever Castle’s Courtyard.


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