This property is free for HHA Friends
Winners of Garden of the Year 2016 by South & South East in Bloom, in the Heritage Parks & Gardens category.
Hever Castle & Gardens is a charming 13th century double-moated Castle containing a comfortable Tudor manor house within its walls. Famous as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I, much of what you see today is the work of American millionaire William Waldorf Astor who lavishly restored and extended the Castle and grounds in the early 20th century.
The breathtaking gardens were laid out over 125 acres between 1904-8 and include the Italian Garden, stunning Rose Garden, Tudor Garden, Yew Maze, 110-metre herbaceous border and 35 acre 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.
30 miles from central London, 3 miles SE of Edenbridge in Kent off the B2026 between Sevenoaks & East Grinstead.
Visitor Opening Times
2017: 11 Feb – 24 Nov and 27 Dec – 1 Jan. Gardens open at 10.30am; Castle opens at 12 noon.
Spring Season: 11-19 Feb daily; 20 Feb - 31 Mar Wed-Sun; last admission 3pm, final exit 4.30pm.
Main Season: 1 Apr - 29 Oct daily; last admission 4.30pm, final exit 6pm.
Winter Season: 20 Oct - 24 Nov Wed-Sun; last admission 3pm, final exit 4.30pm.
N.B. Hever Castle & Gardens is not free to Friends between 24 Nov - 24 Dec 2017 due to special Christmas Events taking place.
Winter Walks (free to Friends) 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2018. 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
Hever Castle & Gardens provides plenty to entertain the whole family, including a Yew Maze, Water Maze, Adventure Playground, Archery, Boating and a Military Museum. There are also a host of family-friendly events throughout the year, such as an Easter Trail, Jousting Tournaments and Halloween half term fun.
* Activities may be seasonal and could incur a cost – please see hevercastle.co.uk for details.
Please consider access to the Castle and grounds according to your individual needs. You can seek advice from the Information Centre or Visitor Experience Assistants in the grounds.
Wheelchairs are available for hire and a mobility buggy operates throughout the day between the Main Entrance and Information Centre. It is not possible to use mobility scooters or pushchairs in the Castle and wheelchairs cannot be taken upstairs.
For your own safety we advise wheelchair and mobility scooters keep to the hard surfaced shingle paths.
You can view the full access statement on the Hever Castle & Gardens website.
Hever Castle & Gardens is a popular location for filming and photography due to its picturesque beauty, the historic importance of the Castle and the splendour of the award-winning 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 allowing teachers to take their groups around the Castle and gardens at their own pace. Teachers' information packs available.