Hever Castle, the 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 grant 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 to be beheaded, more on that when I get to Tower of London.
Getting to the Castle
If you’re not driving there’s a mile walk to the castle from the train station. It’s a nice walk, 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 buried in there.
Hever Castle Entrance Fee
Usually, there are two types of ticket available: Castle & Gardens and Gardens Only. You can purchase the Hever Castle entrance fee at the castle or online. You can save some money by booking online, however online tickets cannot be purchased on the day of your visit. Entrance to most attractions is included in all ticket prices, with the exception of special ticketed events. Check their calendar to get the most out of your visit.
Walks Around Hever Castle
Inside the Hever Castle grounds are gardens, a small village, and activities. As it was raining, I didn’t really take part in anything but the castle. However, they do have a number of walks around Hever Castle you can tour. Including their award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds at Hever Castle. See the Pompeiian Wall, a giant topiary chess set, and 4,000 rose bushes in an English Rose Garden. Stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk. As well as many other walks, there’s also a Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.
Hever Castle History
Hever Castle is a lovely place to visit. 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 the Hever Castle history of 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. I remember them telling us we couldn’t take photos, hence why I have so few. However, on reviewing their website recently I see they have since changed that. You can see a number of the rooms I toured on their official website.