Hever Castle

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  • Hever Castle began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally ‘Bullen’, family. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505. He had been born there in 1477, and the castle passed to him upon the death of his father, Sir William Boleyn. It later came into the possession of King Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

    Hever castle offers much to see, antique furniture, Anne Boleyn’s prayer books, instruments of torture, and a large collection of Tudor paintings. There is also a museum of the Kent Yeomanry. The remains of the original country house timbers can still be seen within the stone walls of the fortification, while the gatehouse is the only original part of the castle.

    The grounds of the castle include a famous yew maze, planted in 1904, water maze, opened in 1999, the object of which is to get to the folly at the centre without getting wet, while in the children’s adventure playground there is a tower maze. The castle gardens contain a wide range of features including an Italianate garden, rose gardens, a herb garden, and interesting topiary shapes.

  • Hever Castle 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 21°C tomorrow.

    Today's Forecast
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    Tuesday, Sep 26th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
     
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      6:53 am    6:50 pm

    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      6:54 am    6:48 pm
    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Drizzle in the morning.
     
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      6:56 am    6:46 pm

    Friday, Sep 29th
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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      6:58 am    6:44 pm
    Saturday, Sep 30th
     Drizzle in the afternoon.
     
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      6:59 am    6:41 pm

    Sunday, Oct 1st
     Rain starting in the afternoon and breezy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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      7:01 am    6:39 pm
    Monday, Oct 2nd
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      7:02 am    6:37 pm

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