This property is free for HHA Friends
Winners of Garden of the Year 2014 by South & South East in Bloom, in the Heritage Parks & Gardens category.
Beautifully evocative 13th century double-moated castle containing a comfortable Tudor manor house built by the Boleyn family - the whole lavishly restored and extended by William Waldorf Astor, the American millionaire, from 1903. The home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife and mother of Elizabeth I.
Features: The award-winning formal gardens were laid out over 30 acres between 1904-8 and include the Italian Garden - a walled 4-acre enclosure, topiary maze, Rose and Tudor Gardens, 110-metre herbaceous border, lake.
1995 HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award winner.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times. NB free access does not cover the Christmas period.
1½m S of B2027, 3m SE of Edenbridge.
Visitor Opening Times
2016: 13 Feb–25 Nov. Gardens open at 10.30am; Castle opens at 12 noon.
Early Spring Season: 13-21 Feb daily; 24 Feb-27 Mar Weds-Sun; last admission 3pm, final exit 4.30pm.
Main Season: 28 Mar-30 Oct daily; last admission 4.30pm, final exit 6pm.
Winter Season: 2-25 Nov Weds-Sun; last admission 3pm, final exit 4.30pm.
Hever Castle & Gardens is not Free to Friends between 26 Nov - 24 Dec 2016 due to special Christmas Events taking place.
Winter walks (free to Friends) 27 Dec - 2 Jan 2017. Last admission 3pm, final exit 4.30pm.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Family Friendly Facilities
Include an adventure playground - see the property's website for details
Most of the gardens are accessible to wheelchairs as they are on one level and the majority are ramped. In the castle, the ground floor only is accessible to wheelchairs (there are spiral staircases to the other floors). There is also wheelchair access in both restaurants, shops, the water maze and the miniature model houses exhibition. We have a limited number of manual wheelchairs for loan on a refundable deposit basis subject to availability.
Hever Castle has always been a popular location for filming and photography because of the historic importance of the castle and award winning Edwardian Gardens. Each enquiry is dealt with on an individual basis.
Hever Castle welcomes school groups. Visits can either be a pre-booked private guided tour or a self-enabled visit enabling teachers to take their groups around the castle and gardens at their own pace. Teachers' information packs available.