Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Sevenoaks was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and was originally a medieval defensive castle, with a gatehouse and a walled bailey built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th Centuries, it was home to one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns. It was where Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife grew up, who was executed for treason that marked the start of the English Reformation. The Castle later passed to Anne of Cleves from 1557, the King’s fourth wife. While later years saw its decline, it was restored by William Waldorf Astor who also oversaw the construction of the gardens and the lake, all of which can be seen today.
The Castle’s period rooms and collections are on show and visitors can also enjoy the gardens set in 125 acres, a maze, military museum, playground, miniature model houses, boating lake, and a tea room. Regular events include archery, shield painting and jousting, as well as theatre and themed shows.
Until 26th March
Last entry 3pm
27th March to 29th October
Last entry 4.30pm
30th October to 18th November
Last entry 3pm
Last entry 3.30pm.
Gardens Only/Castle and Gardens
Concession - Senior 60 years + or Student: £14.75/£17.40
Child - 5-17 years: £10.25/£11.25
Child - under 5 years: Free
Family - 2 adults + 2 children/1 adult + 3 children: £44.90/£52.65
Some activities and events - boating and archery, seasonal events - are not included in the ticket price.
Six manual wheelchairs for hire. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters must keep to surfaced or shingled paths.
Hever - 1 mile, Edenbridge - 3 miles.
Dogs on leads, but with the exception of assistance dogs, dogs are not allowed inside the cafés, restaurants, Castle, mazes or the Adventure Playground.
Boating, archery and shield painting are not included in ticket price and not available all year round.
Special ticketed events are not included, but most are.
Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Parking • Toilets • Shop • Picnic Areas • Cafe
Picture Credit: © Hever Castle.