The Gardens


The beautiful gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son, turning marshland into the spectacular garden that you see today. Over 1,000 men worked on the grand design that was the brainchild of William Waldorf Astor. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display his collection of Greek and Roman sculpture.

Nature & Wildlide

Hever Castle & Gardens is home to a vast variety of small mammals, birds, water fowl, fish, amphibians and insects. The cygnets and ducklings are hugely popular and many visitors return throughout the season to see the young develop. A peaceful walk around the lake is the perfect place to spot owls, blue tits, robins and woodpeckers and kingfishers. Swans, ducks, herons and crested grebes can also be seen on the moat or the lake.

Hever Rose

Hever Castle & Gardens has its very own rose which was launched by Dame Judi Dench, the award-winning British actress, in 2011. The floribunda ‘Hever Castle Rose’ (Horquinsey) produces masses of velvety deep-red blooms which fade to cerise, offset by golden-yellow stamens.

Tours & Trails

Take a tour of the gardens with one of the Hever Castle gardening team. Learn about the history of the gardens and discover more about the work that goes on today to conserve, restore and improve the grounds. Enjoyable trails to follow with young visitors can also be downloaded.