Hever Castle & Gardens



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This enchanting, double-moated, 13th-century castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Restored by the American millionaire William Waldorf Astor at the beginning of the 20th century, it shows superb Edwardian craftsmanship. Astor also transformed the grounds, creating topiary, a yew maze, 35 acre lake and Italian gardens filled with antique sculptures. There is also a 100 metre herbaceous border, a water maze' on the Sixteen Acre Island, and a woodland walk known as Sunday Walk. Adventure play area with the Henry VIII Tower Maze.

Hever Castle & Gardens
HEVER, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG
Phone : 01732 865224


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchairs welcome in the gardens, but are unable to be taken into the Castle
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available, book in advance, mobility buggy between main ticket office & Information Centre
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Opening Times: Open 28 Mar-30 Oct daily 10.30-6, 31 Oct-25 Nov Wed-Sun 10.30-4.30, 26 Nov-11 Dec Wed-Sun 10.30-6, 12-24 Dec daily 10.30-6, 27 Dec-2 Jan daily 10.30-4.30 (last entry 1.5hrs before closing)

About The area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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