Hever Castle & Gardens
The romantic double moated castle in is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. The splendid rooms of the Castle contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself.
The castle is set in magnificent award-winning gardens, set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. No matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed a breath-taking display. The gardens include the Italian Garden with its 38 acre lake.
Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden. The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains. A stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk, provide colour and interest throughout the year.
Wander further afield and enjoy Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk that follow the course of a stream through peaceful woodland or Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.
In spring the gardens display carpets of snowdrops, crocus and daffodils. Walls are covered in camellias and tulips are in full bloom, as are the rhododendrons, azaleas and wisteria. In the summer months inhale the fragrance of the Rose Garden. Stroll along the herbaceous borders and through drifts of perennials. Wander further afield and enjoy the meadow flowers on Lake Walk. Autumn is the season when Hever’s striking trees come to the fore. The Dahlia Border provides dazzling displays and the Castle stands magnificent with its walls clothed with colourful ivy. As winter approaches, the warm red bark of the redwood trees glow against the winter sky and fruits glisten in the frost. The yew topiary stands majestically on the way up to the Castle with the Winter Garden displaying attractive and interesting colours and structures.
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