Hever Castle on TV

March 18 2024 | Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens has offered a stunning location for numerous TV shows and films over the past few years.

The formal and informal gardens provide a stunning backdrop for filming and fashion shoots whatever the season. From the award-winning Italian Garden with its Greek and Roman Statuary, Pompeiian Wall and Grotto Walk to the majestic Loggia and Nymph’s Fountain based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome. And from the romantic quintessential walled Rose Garden to the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner and Topiary Walk.

Other locations around the estate that can be used for film and photography include the Astor Wing with its beautiful wood panelled interiors, the Water Maze, Lake Walk and 38-acre lake.

Among the prime time TV shows featuring Hever include Songs of Praise, Who Do You Think You Are? (featuring comedian Josh Widdicombe), Britain’s Got Talent, Escape to the Country, Celebrity Masterchef, The Apprentice, Saturday Kitchen and Don’t Tell the Bride.

The historic Castle and its connection to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII make it a popular choice with Tudor documentary makers and Hever Castle regularly appears in TV programmes about this fascinating period of history.

Among the programmes featuring Hever Castle include The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, Royal Fibs presented by Lucy Worsley, Henry VIII – the men who made him presented by Tracy Borman, 12 Days of Tudor Christmas presented by Lucy Worsley, Private Lives of the Tudors presented by historian Tracy Borman, How Did Henry VIII Use Sex and Power to Secure His Legacy presented by Kate Williams, Walking Through History: The Tudor Trail, presented by Tony Robinson, Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, presented by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England presented by Melvyn Bragg.

The 125 acre grounds and as well as the elegance of Hever Castle’s bed and breakfast make it a popular choice for lifestyle TV.

Among the shows Hever Castle has appeared in include Tonight with Target, The Wine Show, The Ultimate Matchmaker, Great British Walks with My Dog featuring comedian Katherine Ryan, Celebrity Ghost Hunt and Four in a Bed.

Channel 5’s Milkshake are keen fans too, coming twice to film, once in 2019 and once in 2021.

The award winning grounds make it a popular filming location for gardening programmes.

Gardeners’ World has filmed in 2013, 2018 and 2023, other shows include The Autistic Gardener and The Science of Gardening, presented by Carol Klein.

The history of the Castle also attracts antiques shows with Hever Castle featured in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Dark Arts: Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII, Flog It! Antiques Uncovered and Antiques Roadshow.

Hever Castle also works closely with the Kent Film Office.