Top 20 reasons to visit Hever Castle this summer

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Top reasons to visit Hever Castle this summer.

Set in 150 acres of open space, Hever Castle has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained for the entire day.

Nestled in the glorious Kent countryside but situated on the borders of both Surrey and Sussex, less than one hour from London, Hever Castle has good links to the UK motorway network and a choice of rail stations nearby.

We continue to take the safety of our visitors very seriously and the following measures are in place.

In no particular order, here are our top 20 reasons to visit Hever Castle this summer. All but two are included in your admission price!

1. Water Maze – daily (weather dependent)
Do you have what it takes to get to the middle without getting wet? This is a maze with a difference!

2. Centuries of History – daily from 11am *
Discover over 700 years of history with a visit to the double moated Castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

3. Tudor Towers – daily
Kids rule in this 9m tall wooden play castle complete with its own moat, drawbridge, three towers to climb and two fireman’s poles to escape via, children will love discovering what’s around each turn.

4. Jousting – selected weekends in July and August
Watch The Knights of Royal England as they battle it out in an authentic arena.

5. Acorn Dell Playground – daily
Younger visitors can explore the natural play area including sandpit, willow tunnel and slide.

6. Spellbound Summer – daily until 31 August
Join our resident sorcerers and learn the tricks of the trade as part of summer at Hever Castle.

7. Castle Audio Guides – daily from 11am *
Find out even more about the history of Hever Castle, home to two of King Henry VIII’s wives, with a castle audio guide – included free with every Castle ticket.

8. New Swings – daily
Try out the new swings in the play area that includes a zip wire, climbing frames and a slide.

9. Woodland Obstacle Course – daily
Tackle wooden obstacles, balance and climb over logs and stepping stones or build a den in the Woodland.

10. Falconry Displays – selected days in July and August
Be entertained by the twice daily falconry displays from Birds of Prey Willow Centre.

11. Rose Garden – daily
Take in the sights and scents of 4,000 roses in the stunning Rose Garden.

12. Mythical Creature Quest and Shield Hunt – daily until 31 August
Find shields hidden in the gardens and follow the brave knight on his quest in the Castle*.

13. Yew Maze – daily (weather dependent)
Enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the 100 year old Yew Maze.

14. Hever in History – 28 – 30 August
Immerse yourselves in living history encampments from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.

15. Diana’s Walk – daily
Weave along the pathways of this prairie garden with its riot of colour, touching the perennials and grasses and smelling their perfume.

16. Miniature Model Houses – daily
Marvel at a miniature world of dollhouses from Medieval Times to the Victorians.

17. Meadow Flowers –daily
Stop and admire the rainbow colours of the Meadow Flowers dotted along Lake Walk

18. Military Museum – daily
Learn about the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry from 1794 to the present day.

19. Archery – daily during the school
Try out the ancient sport of archery (extra charge – cash only).

20. Boating – daily during school holidays 11am – 4pm
Discover the serenity of the Lake in a rowing boat or a pedalo and take in the stunning views (extra charge).
Bring a picnic to enjoy food with a Castle view or sample some of the delicious dishes in Hever Castle’s Restaurants before finishing your day out with an ice cream.

Best picnic spots
Take your pick of a Castle view on Horse Shoe Lawn or Half Moon Lawn. Venture further afield to Two Sisters’ Lawn surrounded by delightful flower beds and ornamental trees. Or choose a secluded spot overlooking the Lake.

* Castle admission required.

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