Below you will find details of the different visits you can enjoy with your group, the prices, the benefits of booking a group trip, and things to do, before during and after your visit.
- No deposit required
- Discounted admission rates
- Free visit for group leader and coach driver
- Free parking
- Free meal voucher for coach driver
- Dedicated member of staff to help plan the perfect day
- Special group packages
- Special group menus
Group Prices for 2024
The prices below are for 15 or more paying persons**. If your group is smaller, please contact us to discuss rates.
|Castle & Gardens
|Castle Private Guided Tour
|Castle Private Guided Tour + Garden Tour
|Head Gardener Tour
|£26.00 inc. Garden entry / £29.15 inc. Castle & Garden entry
|£19.15 inc. Garden entry / £21.50 inc. Castle & Garden entry
|Hidden Hever Tour**
|1-15 people, aged 18+, 10am only £75.00pp
Enjoy a group lunch or afternoon tea in the stunning grounds during the following events and benefit from some special rates.
Please note that to qualify for these group prices a minimum of 15 people are required for each group visit.
Hidden Hever Tour
Hever Castle is opening some of the doors not usually open to the public as part of a new tour. Experience the Castle like never before as you make your way through various hidden rooms whilst learning about the social history. This tour is suitable for groups of up to 15 people.
- You will get to see William Waldorf Astor’s study (with its secret panel), the boys bedrooms created by William Waldorf Astor, Lord Astor’s bathroom which is accessed via a secret panel and Lady Irene Astor’s pink bathroom.
- You will be treated to stories and anecdotes relating to the rooms visited.
- The tour, which is for adults only as it is more in-depth, is an hour and a half starting at 10am.
- Groups of 4 people or less can only book 4 weeks ahead.
Take a tour of the castle with an experienced and highly knowledgeable member of the team. Learn about the castle’s rich and varied history and how it is conserved today. Discover all about those that have owned, lived and worked at the castle. Enjoy detailed facts about the splendid panelled rooms, their fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collection of Tudor paintings.
Castle tours must be pre-booked and are conducted outside of normal opening hours, commencing at 10am and 10.30am. Visitors are divided into groups of no more than 25, with one tour guide per group. Tours last approximately 1 hour and can be given in English.
Take a tour of the gardens with one of the Hever Castle gardening team. Learn about the beautiful gardens that were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son and designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s magnificent collections of classical Italian statuary. Discover more about the work that goes on today to conserve, restore and improve the gardens. Your tour guide will be happy to answer any questions you have about the gardens and the flora and fauna within them.
This tour is only available in English and lasts approximately 1 hour. Garden Tours must be booked in advance and are only available on weekdays.
In the Footsteps of Tudors
Hever Castle & Gardens and Penshurst Place & Gardens.
Visit two historic estates in Kent brought together by the Tudors.
First, a house tour of Penshurst Place, find out why the Sidney family, who still own it to this day, were gifted the property in 1552 by Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI. Take time to wander the unique historic Baroque gardens before travelling just a few miles west to visit Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn to which she returned repeatedly during her long courtship with Henry VIII.
Cost: £29.00 pp includes entrance to Penshurst Place & Gardens with a House or Garden tour, followed by freeflow entrance to Hever Castle & Gardens.
For full information and to book this offer please contact:
Christmas for Groups
This Christmas visit the Castle to see the beautifully decorated rooms, welcoming log fires, and twinkling Christmas trees. Follow the Christmas trail through the grounds, enjoy relaxed shopping in the Gift Shops and enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch in the restaurant. As dusk falls, the gardens are magically illuminated with up-lighting and colour washes.
The following dates and times are available for group lunches:
- 23 November lunch – 12:00, 12:30
- 24 November lunch – 12:00, 12:30
- 1 December lunch – 12:00
- 6 December lunch – 12:00, 13:00, 13:30
- 9 December lunch – 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30
- 13 December lunch – 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30
- 15 December lunch – 12:00, 12:30
- 19 December lunch – 12:00, 12:30, 13:00
- 20 December lunch – 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30
To qualify for these group prices and benefits a minimum of 15 people are required for each group visit.
- Visitors should consider access to the Castle according to their individual needs.
- We regret that it is not possible for visitors to use motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters inside the Courtyard or Castle due to the historic nature of the building and its contents.
- Wheelchairs cannot be taken up staircases inside the Castle for health and safety reasons.
- Pushchairs cannot be taken into the Castle and must be left in the Courtyard for health and safety reasons.
- From the drawbridge there is one step down to the Gatehouse followed by three steps down to the Courtyard. We regret that it is not possible to install a ramp for these steps for health and safety reasons. From the Courtyard there is one step up and down into the Castle’s Entrance Hall. View of Castle Gatehouse as seen from the Courtyard.
- There are three floors to view in the Castle. The ground floor is arranged on one level, and is the only floor suitable for wheelchair use. There are six rooms to view before reaching thirteen spiral steps up to the middle floor. It should be noted that the spiral steps to the middle floor are the only means of reaching the upper floors.
- The middle floor is arranged on various levels, with steps up and down into most of the rooms. There are sixteen steps up to the top floor. The top floor is also arranged on various levels. There are twenty six spiral steps down from the top floor to exit into the Courtyard. • All staircases in the Castle have a banister rail.
- Inside the Castle the floor surface is wood in most rooms, with some areas being carpeted or covered in carpet matting. • Lighting inside the Castle is generally bright with LED spotlights, wall sconces, or chandeliers. However, some areas are more dimly lit to aid the preservation of the exhibits.
- Interactive Audio guides are available in (English, French, German, Dutch, Chinese and Russian. Children’s audio guide in English only). Hearing loops are available to use with audio guides if required. Please ask for further information on arrival to the Castle.
- Visitor Experience Assistants are available if you require further information or assistance.
- Touchscreens detailing Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours are located on the first floor of the Castle.
- A limited number of magnifying glasses and a brief history of the Castle in Braille are available on loan at the Castle Entrance upon request.
- Freestanding information panels in the Castle are all in large text, and are 1000mm/40ins high and printed on Perspex.
- Some rooms have background sounds and music playing representing the period in history.
- Individual seats and window seats are located in some rooms. Please note that some rooms do not have seating available.
- Visitors who do not wish to go upstairs are welcome to wait for their family and friends at the Castle Entrance. Whilst waiting at the entrance, visitors are able to finish the audio guide in full or read a guidebook.
Takeaway and indoor and outdoor seating are available. Picnicking is welcomed and picnic benches can be found around the site.
The Moat Cafe is open daily for hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, hot snacks and hot dishes.
Pre-booked Group menus are also available.