School Travel Awards win for Hever Castle

May 25 2021 | Castle History

Hever Castle is celebrating after winning Best Heritage Venue at the School Travel Awards.

The childhood home of Anne Boleyn beat off competition from Bletchley Park, Chatsworth House, Salisbury Cathedral, UK Parliament and Warwick Castle.

The annual School Travel Awards were this year announced online, hosted by former Olympic sprinter and TV and radio presenter, Katharine Merry.

In announcing Hever Castle had won the award, Alex Williamson from sponsor Kingswood recalled “a place I’ve spent many hours, particularly in their maze.”

Hever Castle was praised for giving children an unforgettable experience during a visit, based on its long history.

School groups can opt for a self guided visit or opt for a guided tour when they come to Hever Castle.

Find out what the cure for nausea was in medieval times as well as some of the weird practices which people went through every day.

Specialist workshops or tailored tours are on offer for schools, both at primary and secondary level and work sheets and other resources can be downloaded from the Hever Castle website to assist with extra learning.

School Travel Organiser, which organises the annual School Travel Awards, points out the following Castle highlights to look out for during a school visit to Hever Castle:
• Two prayer books which belong to Anne Boleyn are on display.
• Original timbers can be seen in the early doorway of the Entrance Hall, placed by Thomas Boleyn
• The portcullis is said to be one of the oldest working portcullises in the country