April at hever castle
The gardens are open but you will need to pre-book.
Before booking, we advise that members and visitors read the latest Know Before You Go information that provides full details of what will be open and closed.
Step into Hever Castle’s garden this spring. The gardens have awoken and ignited into life with plenty of vibrant colour in the Italian Garden, whilst pastel pink magnolia and cherry hues surround the Castle courtyard. There’s never been a better time to fall in love with the Kent countryside. April is set to be the most exciting month of the year yet as we reopen daily until 6pm.
Make some special family memories this Easter with a garden Easter trail. The tulips are busy creating a carnival of colour through the grounds and they are already starting to put on a show for you.
Take a closer look at what’s on in April and beyond:
- Easter Family Fun
- Inside Hever Castle
- Hever Shop
- Annual Membership Benefits
- Intimate Weddings
- The Waterside
Make some special family memories this Easter with a garden Easter trail.
Follow clues to find a variety of ‘things that hatch’ as you walk through the grounds. Learn a little about each creature that starts life in an egg before you find them hiding in the gardens.
*Please print off the Easter trail map before visiting*
N.B. This year our Easter trail does not include a chocolate egg reward, this is due to government guidelines (at the time of planning) requiring Hever Castle to limit contact between visitors and staff.
Peak blooming period expected: 19 – 25 April 2021
Feel uplifted by over 25,000 tulips proudly standing to attention and providing a visual feast of spring colour.
A Kaleidoscope of brightly coloured parrot, Darwin, peony and triumph tulips will declare that spring has well and truly arrived at Hever Castle & Gardens this April!
Head Gardener, Neil Miller, a fan of bold bright colours, has selected a palette for 2021 that celebrates spring in all its glory and heralds the start of warmer days to come.
Inside Hever Castle is a new online subscription that will let you explore this historic property from the comfort of your home. You can sign up at any time and choose between these three tiers:
- Official Patron – £5 per month – 2 items of exclusive content per month
- All-access Patron – £10 per month – 4 items of exclusive content per month and bonus episodes
- VIP Patron – £20 per month – 4 items of exclusive content per month, bonus episodes, monthly AMA, fan requests, exclusive voting power, patron shout out, complete post archive and 10% discount on Hever Castle’s Online Shop
We will be showing you parts of the Castle that have never been open to the public before, take you into the heart of the Castle archive and allow you to have close up access to some of the priceless objects that are harder to see in person. You will have exclusive access to the expertise of our curator and numerous members of the staff who work here on the Hever Castle Estate.
It’s wonderful news that the Hever Shop and Courtyard Shop are now open to visitors. The Retail Team are here to make your shopping experience as safe as possible so please sanitise your hands before entering the shop and wear a face covering*. (*Exemptions apply.)
Ashley has been working on multiple new ranges with new brands to ensure the shop is full to the brim with amazing products.
However, if you can’t visit Hever Castle in person then the Online Shop is open 24 hours a day!
As well as having access to the Estate all year round, being an annual member at Hever Castle comes with a plethora of benefits. Here are just a few:
- Visit just four times to start saving.
- Free entry to daytime visitor events (some chargeable activities apply).
EATING & DRINKING
- 10% discount in the Moat Restaurant, Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant and other onsite catering outlets. Plus an additional 10% off hot drinks if using a reusable cup.
- 10% discount in the Hever Shop and Courtyard Shop.
- 10% discount in the Club Shop.
- Exclusive Christmas shopping day
With weddings now being given the green flag, albeit still with the necessary restrictions so that we surface safely and cautiously, we are very excited to be hosting some lovely Intimate Wedding Packages over the coming months. Our COVID-secure Intimate Wedding Packages will remain available until the end of August 2021 and offer some very beautiful and safe opportunities to get married at Hever Castle.
Hever Castle offers three stunning locations for an Intimate Ceremony, The Loggia in the Italian Garden. The Tudor Suite in the Astor Wing, or in the Castle itself.
The Loggia is located within the stunning surrounds of the Italian Garden. Ceremonies take place under the beautiful arched columns overlooking the lake.
THE TUDOR SUITE
In the oak panelled Tudor Suite you will discover unparalleled views of the Castle and gardens from the private lawns. Leaded windows, antique furnishings and a Tudor art collection set the scene.
THE CASTLE INNER HALL
In the evenings, when the Estate has closed to the public, ceremonies can take place in the Castle Inner Hall. On the walls are portraits of three generations of Tudor monarchs: Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI.
If you would like to visit and view either venue option or check date availability please contact Kate Rowbottom on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Teri Vincent Photography
One mile from Hever Castle & Gardens you will find The Waterside located at Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing.
The Waterside has now reopened for guests (non-members and golf members) to enjoy alfresco dining and drinks.
Hopefully, we will have some good weather to enjoy. However, we suggest you come prepared with some warm clothing and maybe even a blanket!
Plus if you are an annual member, don’t forget that you receive a 10% discount on food and drink.
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