Autumn colour At Hever Castle – October 1 – 22
As the air turns crisp and a rich display of autumn colour envelops the countryside, pack your walking boots or wellies and head to Hever Castle to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and spectacular autumn tints.
The Castle is arguably at its romantic best in the autumn when the Boston Ivy adorning the front of the Castle turns a vivid shade of red. You will be treated to glorious displays of autumn colour with the rich yellow, red and orange leaves of beech mingling with liquidambars, tulip trees and Japanese maples, all contributing to an explosion of colour.
This autumn we have plenty going on to keep you and your little ones busy. On certain dates, enjoy free guided tours of the gardens by Head Gardener Neil and his team. They will be showing you the best of the gardens including the myriad of grasses in Faith’s Garden and the dazzling dahlias.
Enjoy a self-guided quiet tour and indulge in the Japanese art of forest bathing. ‘Forest bathing’ is the art of immersing oneself in the forest and soaking in the atmosphere through the senses. Stimulate your senses by crunching through the colourful fallen leaves from the oak trees on Anne Boleyn’s Walk, look up at the evergreen Scots Pines and delicate buttery yellows of the larch trees on Lake Walk.
Then head into the Woodland Walk area just off Lake Walk and discover a newly created obstacle course and den building area. You may even spot a couple of bug homes on your way!
The gardeners have also put together a tree and plant colour chart online which explains the different benefits of plant colour therapy.
Full details and downloads for all activities are available below. Plus, make sure you read the Autumn Watch news item before you visit so you know exactly what autumn colour can be discovered in the gardens.
Autumnal Guided Tours – FREE
Head Gardener Neil Miller and his team will be offering guided tours in the grounds.
Times: 11:30am, 6, 13 & 20 October
Location: Meet at the Information Hut – Download Map
Den Building – FREE
Head into the wooded areas and you will discover a newly created obstacle course and plenty of materials to build dens. Aimed at 4-8 year olds. This is an un-manned self-led activity.
Location: Woodland Walk – Download Map
Parts of the gardens and Lake Walk are likely to be boggy in autumn – wellies or walking boots are recommended. Many parts of the gardens are accessible to prams; however, you may find that an off-road buggy or child carrier is necessary to enjoy some parts of the grounds.
For your own safety, we advise wheelchair and mobility scooters keep to the hard surfaced and shingle paths.
For more information please read our accessibility statement.
View a gallery of photos of Autumn Colour at Hever Castle on Hever Castle’s Pinterest.
Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle, grounds, catering outlets and activities, and to change or cancel and events. Please note that use of partner offers may be restricted or not valid on event days.