de Hever – 13th century

William de Hever is believed to be the first owner of the land that Hever Castle now occupies. William was a descendant of a Norman baron who came to England during the Conquest and became Sheriff of Kent in 1272, the first year of Edward I’s reign.

The Castle


Uncover the history of the 14th century Castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, Sir John Fastolf and William Waldorf Astor.


Uncover more about the 12 different families that have owned Hever Castle from 1383 to the present day. See the stained glass created to commemorate them.


Discover the history of Hever Castle, its owners and inhabitants as you travel through time from its construction in 1383 to the present day.


Head inside the Castle and discover wood panelled rooms, roaring fireplaces and a vast collection of paintings.