Once again, I was impressed. I wanted to get my mum out of London for a day and Hever Castle was perfect for it. Not too far to drive, with magnificent award winning gardens and a huge lake, it was the perfect place to spend a day.
The entrance to the Hever Castle
The romantic, double – moated 13th century castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, offers 700 years of history.
We started our visit with the magnificent Italian, Pompeiian and English Rose gardens. It feels like you travelled back in time, as soon as you walk into the grounds of Hever Castle, breathtaking.
The lake walk and the water maze
The lake walk was immensely enjoyable, relaxing and refreshing. The views of the castle grounds from this angle were lovely.
On the north side of the lake we came across an interesting water maze. It’s a good way to cool down on a hot day and the kids were splashing away. The maze consists of stepping stone walkways placed over water. The stone tilts when stood on and hidden water jets spring, soaking the unwary guest. Good fun.
It took us probably over an hour to walk around the lake, but we weren’t rushing anywhere.
The little oriental lake house looked especially inviting, so we sat there for a while… the house looked even more impressive from the other side of the lake.
Hever Castle and its gardens
I could have stayed by the lake for ages, but there were so many other beautiful things to see and the castle itself.
A visit to a castle is never complete without a sniff in a rose garden. The Hever Castle has the most beautifully quintessential English Rose Garden, where you can enjoy the fragrance of over 4000 roses! The scent is incredible.
I really enjoyed the day out at the castle and would recommend it to anyone.
Directions to Hever Castle
Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, UK