Autumn Colour Trail
Included in Garden ticket admission
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.
Over the next six weeks, we will be celebrating the different coloured areas of the grounds and formal gardens at Hever Castle and encouraging visitors to enjoy some natural therapy and practice the simple art of forest bathing (see the Forest Bathing – How To Guide below).
N.B. Due to essential maintenance work, Diana’s Walk will be closed from 19 October until further notice. Essential maintenance work is also being carried out on The Pompeiian Wall in the Italian Garden from 9 – 16 November.
Enjoy a leisurely self-guided tour of the Gardens and Lake Walk. Follow the downloadable trail to enjoy the vibrant colours in the grounds.
Wander freely in the gardens and around the lake to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours as the trees and plants take on their autumn shades.
During your visit come and take part in the Japanese art of forest bathing, boost your health and learn more about the healing power of colour this season.
Developed in Japan in the 1980s forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku is simply spending time outdoors under the canopy of trees to improve health and wellbeing. In Japanese, “shinrin” means forest and “yoku” means bath, so ‘forest bathing’ is the art of immersing oneself in the forest and soaking in the atmosphere through the senses.
Research has shown that forest bathing calms the sympathetic nervous system and reduces stress hormones, thereby boosting the immune system.
Studies have shown that just 15 minutes of forest bathing can help reduce stress, improve concentration and boost your mood.
For many, autumn is their favourite season; it brings a welcome cooling of the summer’s heat, the fallen leaves provide a delightful carpet to crunch through, the longer shadows delight and slanting light throws a golden hue across the many colours of the season.
Colour can have different effects on your mood and wellbeing when introduced into an outdoor space. Discover more about colour therapy here.
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.
Discover more about what you need to Know Before You Go here.
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