Hever Castle and Gardens


Hever Castle and Gardens is located in the northern part of the county, off the main roads, this castle was the home of Anne Boleyn and is very well preserved. Very popular with the locals, in good weather it is quite busy and many people will be found picnicking on the grounds.


There is an admission charge with options for access to the castle or access to the grounds which are often used for picnic-ing.

The Castle

The castle interiors are lavishly furnished and contain a small amount of display information. For more information use the excellent audio guide (now included in the price of admission).

Inside the Castle

No photography is allowed indoors.

The Grounds

Hever Castle Gardens

There are ornamental gardens, a “water garden”, a yew maze, and lake with numerous walking trails.

Gardens Formal Gardens Maze Entrance

The lake features boat trips in the summer.

Japanese Tea House on the Lake


There are a couple of places to eat including the “Moat Restaurant” with views of the castle is located close to the entrance near to the gift shop. The “Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant” is located on the far side of the formal gardens.

Adventure Playground

To keep the children entertained there is a rather large adventure playground with a climbing frame shaped like a castle very close to main entrance.

Getting There

The castle is located just north west of Royal Tunbridge Wells but is basically in the middle of no-where so getting there is really only possible by car or an organised bus tour. Parking is available either on-site or just across the road (a short distance away).

Further Information

For further information please see the official site at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/.