About Hever Castle

The Castle & Gardens are now open daily.

Hever Castle’s Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court exhibition is now open until 9 November 2022. Discover more about Anne Boleyn’s childhood, education and her time at court as you walk around the Castle. This exhibition is included with Castle & Gardens admission.

Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.

Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded by some as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’. The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature. 

Today, much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. The Astor Suite is dedicated to its more recent history, showcasing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.

Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. The permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery depicts the saga from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation through its art collection.

When visiting the Castle we recommend you allow at least an hour to enjoy it. View opening times for final entry and final exit. The Castle is usually busiest in the morning and early afternoon with the exception of Jousting days.




The original medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries the Bolyens added the Tudor dwelling within the walls. The Castle was then owned by a number of families before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake.

Opening Times

Grounds: Open 10:30, Last Entry 16:30, Last Exit 18:00
Castle: Open 12:00, Last Entry 17:00, Last Exit 17:45


Discover the history of Hever Castle, its owners and inhabitants as you travel through time from its construction in 1270 to the present day.


Uncover more about the 13 different families that have owned Hever Castle from 1270 to the present day. See the stained glass created to commemorate them.


Learn more about the Hever Castle and Gardens coat of arms and the 4 families represented in it who helped to shape the estate we see today.

Tours & Trails

Bring 700 years of Hever Castle history to life with interactive audio guides, private guided tours, guide books and enjoyable trails to follow with young visitors.


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