Hever Castle is the famous Anne Boleyn’s castle. The castle is only 45 km from London in Kent, and is therefore an idea for a day trip from the capital. The Tudors are now fashionable, thanks to the TV series and various books, so you will not be the only one to visit it, especially if you go in the summer months.
What can you find at Anne Boleyn’s castle?
Anne Boleyn lived in this castle when she was young and you will find objects belonging to her and a permanent exhibition about her life. In addition to this, the castle has a very long history and you can visit its many rooms with historical furniture.
To be honest, it was not exactly a castle but a fortified house. Purchased in 1462 by George Boleyn, who was Anna’s great-grandfather, and had been Lord Mayor of London. It was later inherited by Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and father of Anna in 1505.
The count rebuilt most of the house and built the Long Gallery you see today. Here Anne and her sister Mary spent long periods of their childhood and this is where King Henry VIII courted Anne.
Count Thomas and his wife Elizabeth ( the latter was not very visible in life and after death, in fact her body was not buried in the church of St Peter’s in Hever Castle along with her husband) had as many as 10 children.
Unfortunately none of the ten children was . Seven died as children and of the three remaining Anne, George and Mary the first two were beheaded. Mary, on the other hand, after having been the lover of several nobles and powerful, ended up in misery.
Inside the Anne Boleyn’s castle you can also visit an exhibition on torture instruments. You can rent one of the audio guides in English or other languages, the tour will take you around 45 minutes.
The gardens surrounding Hever Castle have won prizes and are definitely worth a visit, especially when it is not raining.
In the gardens there are also different types of birds, in addition to the usual ducks and wild geese.
The pond is a recent project, having been completed in 1906. It still allows you to have a few excellent walks and even a boat ride. In summer there are many events and you can easily spend the entire day in the castle’s grounds. Check out the current events on the castle’s official website.
How to reach Hever Castle from London?
To be honest it is not easy to get to Anne Boleyn’s castle if you do not have your own car, but with a little planning, it is still feasible.
You can take a train from Victoria Station and get off at Edenbridge Town, from here you have to take a taxi and it is a 5 kilometers ride, so it should not be too expensive.
Otherwise, get off at Hever (train to East Grinstead and change to Hurst Green, take the train to Uckfield) and walk a mile. Here you can find a map from the station to the castle.