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Hever Castle on Wednesday 22nd May

Organiser of this Event is Keith Wright Tel: 01243 431048

Coaches leave North Harbour at 9.30am and leave Hever at 4.30pm

Cost of this event is £18 p.p.

Close Date : 5th April

We leave North Harbour at 09.30am and should arrive at Hever by 11.15am.

Experience 700 years of history at the romantic double-moated 13th century castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. The Gatehouse and curtain walls were constructed in 1270 with the Tudor manor house being added within the castle walls by the powerful Boleyn family.

It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.
Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey. The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature.
Today, much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. The Astor Suite is dedicated to its more recent history, showcasing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.
Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. The new permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery depicts the saga from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation through its art collection.

Explore the Gardens

Discover the magnificent award winning gardens. 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 roses in the quintessential English Rose Garden. Then relax by the breathtaking loggia overlooking the 38-acre lake before exploring the cascades, grottoes and fountains.

If you would like to investigate further what there is to see and do at Hever then please click the following link Hever

Where to eat

There are 4 restaurants at Hever Castle The Guthrie Pavilion Cafe, The Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant, The Moat Restaurant and also the Kiosks. There is always the option of a picnic if the weather permits.
Or if you prefer the King Henry VIII Inn just outside the Castle. For information on this venue please click the following link click here

You are only allowed one Castle entrry on the day.

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