An Awesome Time At Hever Castle By Jessica!

Although the weather was poor, our family had a fabulous time at Hever Castle. Here is what we did...

As we got to the castle early, we decided to go outside and have a look around first - something that is essential for every visit. There is loads for adults and children alike, ranging from incredible gardens to kids' playgrounds.
The Castle
You can see most of what we did from the video, but some of it has to be described in a bit more detail.

We spent ages walking around the spectacular gardens, which were laid out from 1904-8. They are immaculate, with absolutely beautiful flowers and colours. The gardens are award-winning and there is loads to see and do, including hiring boats on the huge lake.

I particularly recommend the stunning Italian gardens, but my favourites had to be the bushes which were trimmed to look like animals. We saw birds, lions and Rob even swears that he saw an elephant! 

Me in the water maze
There are three mazes in the gardens; the Yew maze, the water maze and the children's maze. The yew maze is a normal (yet surprisingly difficult) maze that Rob and I really enjoyed. We split up from mum and dad and managed to beat them to the centre. The water maze is very different. It's not at all hard, and the objective is to get around the planks without stepping on one which sprays water. The last one is the children's maze which is a wooden maze, complete with slides, bridges and steps. Although I was too old, Rob really seemed to enjoy it!

We were not allowed to take photos, videos or record audio in the castle itself which was a shame, but we did have an amazing time.

The castle is surrounded by a moat and is the kind of place that I would love to own - grand, but still liveable. The oldest part of it was built in the 1200s and it was owned by the Boleyn (originally Bullen) family from 1462 to 1539.

Me and Rob with "Anne Boleyn"
The museum inside the castle has three floors and is jam packed with interesting information about Anne Boleyn, the castle and general Tudor facts. I was particularly interested to find the prayer room built into a bedroom and a book owned by Anne as a girl. There were also the prayer books which she took with her to the Tower of London.

There are loads of beautiful rooms, antique furniture, prayer books, interactive displays and paintings to look at, making it fun for the entire family. In fact, Hever Castle is said to have the best collection of Tudor portraits in the UK after the National Portrait Gallery!

I do recommend taking an audio guide or getting a guidebook to go from room to room inside the castle (especially on the ground floor), as there is not much information to read, only lots to see. Rob and mum both took audio guides and dad had a guidebook, and I felt that I did not learnt as much as them.

Overall, Hever Castle is perfect for the whole family, and I learnt loads, enjoyed looking at cool pictures and had a very entertaining time. If you ever go to Kent, you should definitely visit!

Hever Castle costs £15.50 per adult for the castle and gardens, and £8.70 per child. A family ticket for castle and gardens is £39.70, although it's slightly cheaper if you just go for the gardens. The audio tour is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Chinese and Russian and costs £3.75. There is a special audio tour for children.

For more on great things to do in Kent, go to the Visit Kent website and take a look at Robert's blog post on Groombridge Place.

Here are some more posts by us:

Brighton In The Winter By Jessica

An Amazing Time At clueQuest By All Of Us!

Disclosure: we were given free entry to Hever Castle in order to write about it. All views, photos, opinions and videos are our own.

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Family Travel Times: An Awesome Time At Hever Castle By Jessica!

Monday, 14 April 2014

An Awesome Time At Hever Castle By Jessica!

Although the weather was poor, our family had a fabulous time at Hever Castle. Here is what we did...

As we got to the castle early, we decided to go outside and have a look around first - something that is essential for every visit. There is loads for adults and children alike, ranging from incredible gardens to kids' playgrounds.
The Castle
You can see most of what we did from the video, but some of it has to be described in a bit more detail.

We spent ages walking around the spectacular gardens, which were laid out from 1904-8. They are immaculate, with absolutely beautiful flowers and colours. The gardens are award-winning and there is loads to see and do, including hiring boats on the huge lake.

I particularly recommend the stunning Italian gardens, but my favourites had to be the bushes which were trimmed to look like animals. We saw birds, lions and Rob even swears that he saw an elephant! 

Me in the water maze
There are three mazes in the gardens; the Yew maze, the water maze and the children's maze. The yew maze is a normal (yet surprisingly difficult) maze that Rob and I really enjoyed. We split up from mum and dad and managed to beat them to the centre. The water maze is very different. It's not at all hard, and the objective is to get around the planks without stepping on one which sprays water. The last one is the children's maze which is a wooden maze, complete with slides, bridges and steps. Although I was too old, Rob really seemed to enjoy it!

We were not allowed to take photos, videos or record audio in the castle itself which was a shame, but we did have an amazing time.

The castle is surrounded by a moat and is the kind of place that I would love to own - grand, but still liveable. The oldest part of it was built in the 1200s and it was owned by the Boleyn (originally Bullen) family from 1462 to 1539.

Me and Rob with "Anne Boleyn"
The museum inside the castle has three floors and is jam packed with interesting information about Anne Boleyn, the castle and general Tudor facts. I was particularly interested to find the prayer room built into a bedroom and a book owned by Anne as a girl. There were also the prayer books which she took with her to the Tower of London.

There are loads of beautiful rooms, antique furniture, prayer books, interactive displays and paintings to look at, making it fun for the entire family. In fact, Hever Castle is said to have the best collection of Tudor portraits in the UK after the National Portrait Gallery!

I do recommend taking an audio guide or getting a guidebook to go from room to room inside the castle (especially on the ground floor), as there is not much information to read, only lots to see. Rob and mum both took audio guides and dad had a guidebook, and I felt that I did not learnt as much as them.

Overall, Hever Castle is perfect for the whole family, and I learnt loads, enjoyed looking at cool pictures and had a very entertaining time. If you ever go to Kent, you should definitely visit!

Hever Castle costs £15.50 per adult for the castle and gardens, and £8.70 per child. A family ticket for castle and gardens is £39.70, although it's slightly cheaper if you just go for the gardens. The audio tour is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Chinese and Russian and costs £3.75. There is a special audio tour for children.

For more on great things to do in Kent, go to the Visit Kent website and take a look at Robert's blog post on Groombridge Place.

Here are some more posts by us:

Brighton In The Winter By Jessica

An Amazing Time At clueQuest By All Of Us!

Disclosure: we were given free entry to Hever Castle in order to write about it. All views, photos, opinions and videos are our own.

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48 Comments:

At 14 April 2014 at 08:15 , Blogger Amrita Dasgupta said...

What a cute video :) I love castles and gardens so, I must plan a trip to Hever Castle!

 
At 14 April 2014 at 12:40 , Blogger Bianca Malata said...

Well I cant say I have ever heard of Hever Castle. Looks like a great place to hang out with the kiddies.

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At 14 April 2014 at 15:09 , Blogger Gemma Button said...

So cool that they dress up to really set the scene and I can imagine make it more memorable for the children

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At 15 April 2014 at 14:18 , Blogger J said...

I think you would really like it. It's a great place.

 
At 15 April 2014 at 14:54 , Blogger MummyTravels said...

This is somewhere I've been meaning to visit for ages - I'd love to see Anne Boleyn's home but haven't quite managed yet. Some great tips and this has convinced me I need to make it happen this summer...

 
At 16 April 2014 at 02:25 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

We would definitely recommend it - lots of do and really good fun. It's beautifully set out.

 
At 16 April 2014 at 02:25 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It's actually great for kids, but also for adults. Lovely place for any age I'd say!

 
At 16 April 2014 at 02:26 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, I think they've done it all really well

 
At 16 April 2014 at 02:29 , Blogger Helen Dickinson said...

This looks like a lovely place to visit. Looks fun for all the family and a place where children can learn lots of different things.

 
At 16 April 2014 at 07:04 , Anonymous Charly Dove said...

Oh how wonderful, sounds like you had the best day. Hever Castle is fabulous, we've not been for a while now (wrong part of the country). So nice to get such great weather too.

 
At 16 April 2014 at 07:52 , Blogger Jen Walshaw said...

I have never been to Hever Castle. It looks amazing

 
At 16 April 2014 at 08:16 , Blogger Kate Thompson said...

I remember going to Hever when I was a child. I would love to take the children there if we are ever in Kent :)

 
At 16 April 2014 at 10:17 , Blogger Michelle Ashmore said...

I love places like this. It's a shame we're so far away as I'm sure we'd all enjoy it.

 
At 16 April 2014 at 11:20 , Blogger Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

We love places like this - it's so much fun to explore and I love taking photos x

 
At 16 April 2014 at 11:22 , Anonymous Bek said...

We've not visited a castle in ages. This looks like a great day out and reasonably priced too.

 
At 16 April 2014 at 11:58 , Blogger Eileen Teo said...

we love castle! will visit when we pass by!

 
At 16 April 2014 at 12:07 , Blogger Hannah Staveley said...

Love the video . not too badly priced .x

 
At 16 April 2014 at 12:49 , Anonymous You Baby Me Mummy said...

It looks like you had such a lovely day x

 
At 16 April 2014 at 13:56 , Blogger abigail oliver said...

Looks like a great place to visit!

 
At 16 April 2014 at 15:03 , Blogger Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

I have never heard of Never castle before. Looks like a great day and the water maze looks a lot of fun :-) x

 
At 16 April 2014 at 15:21 , Blogger Actually Mummy... said...

I had a lovely time at Hever Castle many years ago - don't remember the Water Maze though, that looks like so much fun!

 
At 16 April 2014 at 15:57 , Blogger Lori Taylor Arnold said...

We've never been but this looks great, F would love to explore the castle and I would love the Italian gardens. x

 
At 16 April 2014 at 23:37 , Blogger Kizzy said...

Looks amazing!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 01:04 , Blogger Clare Nicholas said...

Looks like a great day out

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:35 , Blogger J said...

Well if you're ever nearby, definitely give it a go!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:35 , Blogger J said...

It was, and had something for everyone.

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:36 , Blogger J said...

It is; there's a perfect balance of information and fun!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:39 , Blogger J said...

The Italian Gardens were absolutely beautiful! We would recommend it 100%

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:40 , Blogger J said...

It was. You should definitely give it a visit!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 03:42 , Blogger J said...

We had great time on the water maze - you should definitely visit!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 09:22 , Anonymous Healthier Mummy said...

We've never been there, but very intrigued to visit a castle that was the home of the Boleyn family. Will try and go this summer

 
At 17 April 2014 at 10:24 , Blogger Amy Squires said...

Looked like a great day out!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 11:46 , Blogger Keri-Anne said...

I love the look of that water maze xxx

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:45 , Anonymous Mammasaurus said...

Ooo this looks lovely - I need to get over to Kent more often, I keep seeing great places to visit there!

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:48 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

We would definitely recommend it.

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:49 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Me too! Love taking the pics and love exploring. We are as one :)

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:49 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, so much to do in Kent. We only managed this and Groombridge Place (which we have also blogged about) but know there is so much more to do there...

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:50 , Blogger fritha strickland said...

looks like a fantastic place to take the kids! x

 
At 17 April 2014 at 12:59 , Anonymous JR said...

Thanks for all the great info. It serves as a fine guide for those who want to visit. Nice to have bragging rights for winning the race to the center of the maze, huh? Lol.

 
At 17 April 2014 at 13:12 , Blogger Louise said...

This looks brilliant - we love castles!x

 
At 17 April 2014 at 13:21 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, they're good at that kind of thing. I on the other hand, had no idea where I was going and was lucky to stumble back out again. Otherwise I'd still be there (mazes are clearly not my thing...)

 
At 18 April 2014 at 03:18 , Anonymous Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours said...

Ooh this looks like a good place to visit and not too far from us! Liked the video x

 
At 18 April 2014 at 04:53 , Anonymous Satu VW / Destination Unknown said...

Looks like a great spot to visit with kids!! We have to look at this next time we are in the UK, although most of the time we end up in Devon... :)

 
At 18 April 2014 at 05:08 , Anonymous Jenny said...

I've always wanted to visit, looks beautiful.

 
At 18 April 2014 at 15:01 , Anonymous Orli D said...

What a great place for a day out! My boys are castle crazy. They would love it!

 
At 19 April 2014 at 02:26 , Anonymous Mums do travel said...

Hever Castle is wonderful, I'm glad you enjoyed it. We live quite near to Hever and used to get an annual pass when the children were small.

 
At 19 April 2014 at 09:58 , Blogger Trish Burgess said...

What a super review, Jessica! I haven't been to Hever castle but your review has given me lots to think about.

 
At 23 April 2014 at 15:11 , Anonymous Margherita @The Crowded Planet said...

Lovely place! Looks great for the kids, too! I must admit I had never heard of it, thanks for sharing!

 

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