Top 10 reasons to visit Hever Castle this winter

December 01 2023 | Attractions Castle Garden

Hever Castle is a great place to visit whatever the season, but winter is particularly stunning.

Here are our top highlights for a visit during winter.

  1. Take a stroll in 125 acres of open space where the warm red bark of the Redwood trees glows against the winter sky and winter berries glisten in the frost. Hever’s yew topiary looks fantastic with a covering of snow or frost and the majestic hellebores nod gracefully in the winter sun. The Winter Garden will be in full bloom with intoxicating scents of Daphne and Viburnum filling the air while the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of brightly coloured Dogwood stems lift the spirits.
  2. Energetic visitors can bring their wellies and take an exhilarating walk around the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife and waterfowl whose footprints can be spotted in the snow and frost.
  3. Enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the 100 year old Yew Maze.
  4. Warm up in the Castle where you will be met with beautiful traditionally decorated rooms with welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees (selected dates only).
  5. Explore the charming ‘Lost in the Festive Forest’ trail with Red the Squirrel and discover the story of Ted the lost Bear who Red helps to find his way home.
  6. Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas (selected dates). 
  7. Bring torches and pop on your wellies to see Hever Castle’s much-loved landmarks lit up with glorious colour washes, spectacular illuminations and music.
  8. Enjoy a ride on the gallopers in front of the castle, head to the big wheel for views of the grounds from up high or try out the children’s train ride
  9. Amazing playgrounds – let the kids run off some steam in the Tudor Towers adventure playground, Acorn Dell play area or try out the zipwire or swings.
  10. Miniature Model Houses Marvel at a miniature world of dollhouses from Medieval Times to the Victorians.