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Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn is outside of London, but not far. If you aren’t fluent on the wives of Henry the 8th, Anne was Henry’s second wife. She was the reason for the break from the Catholic church. Henry needed a divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and the Pope wouldn’t give it to him. Not to say this is all Anne’s fault, there was plenty of gun-powder in the barrel well before Anne came into the picture. Anne was also the first wife beheaded, more on that when I get to Tower of London.
Any who, Hever Castle is a nice place to visit. Note, if you’re not driving there’s a mile country walk to the castle from the train station. It’s a nice walk though with some beautiful homes along the way. Don’t stop and take pictures of them though, like my Aunt, it’ll embarrass whomever you’re with. Before even going in, make sure to visit the chapel right off the road. I would have missed it had a nice British man not stopped his car and told me about it. If I remember correctly, Anne’s father is also buried in there.
Inside the castle grounds are gardens, a small village, and activities. I didn’t really take part in anything but the castle however since it was raining. The castle is a lot bigger on the inside (Doctor Who joke). Joking aside, it’s true, there’s a lot to see in here. It tells not only a lot about Anne and her family, but about Henry and his wives. There’s also a section dedicated to the families who owned it after the Boleyns. The most recent of which used to have Winston Churchill visit, he lived about two miles away. You can visit his home too, we just ran out of time.
Letters from the King
There’s a surprising amount of actual possessions here, as opposed to recreations. I liked reading the letters between Henry and Anne because it provided a connection to their relationship. It’s hard sometimes when you just read about people, instead of seeing from their point of view. If you’re into costumes or fashion, they have a lot of clothes there as well.
More info: https://www.hevercastle.co.uk