A visit to Hever Castle and its idyllic gardens is an experience
to cherish and remember for years to come. Allow history to come
to life in this childhood home of Anne Boleyn, which dates from
the year 1270. Travel back through time and capture those moments
of romance, conspiracy, danger and intrigue. Enjoy the splendour
of Henry VIII’s court. Join the costumed figures of his 6
wives, the cardinals and royal entourage of the period.
Study our 2 rare and historic Books of Hours inscribed and signed
by Anne Boleyn. ‘Hours’ were personal prayer books popular
in England from the 13th century until the reformation. Marvel at
the restoration work undertaken by William Waldorf Astor in the
early 1900’s including the luxurious panelling and carving
he had created in many of the rooms.
The warm and welcoming atmosphere of this historic house will give
you a day to remember. The Yew Maze and the Adventure Playground
are children’s’ favourites. The unique ‘Splashing
Water Maze’ on Sixteen Acre Island challenges adults and children
alike to reach the central folly whilst avoiding various water barriers.
Jousting and archery demonstrations form part of a number of special
events, which take place in the grounds. Picnic in a picturesque
spot or take a leisurely lunch at one of two licensed restaurants
or browse in the gift shop, garden shop or bookshop.
For more information regarding events, opening times and the location
please visit www.hevercastle.co.uk
Spend a full day out at Dover Castle and see one of the tallest
remaining Roman structures in Europe - the Roman 'Pharos' or lighthouse,
take the audio tour of the Battlement Walk, explore Henry II's mighty
Keep, Discover the maze of medieval tunnels, visit the Princess
of Wales' Royal Regiment museum or have a picnic on Admiralty Lookout
with its views of the White Cliffs of Dover and across the Channel
For more information regarding opening times, directions and special
events please visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle
Leeds Castle is one of the most romantic and awe-inspiring castles
in the country. Set in 500 acres of tranquil and picturesque parkland,
it provides an enchanting place to visit throughout the year.
Some of the fine gardens of Leeds castle include the formal Culpeper
garden - a fine example of an English country cottage garden - and
the terraces and intimate suntraps of the Mediterranean-style Lady
Bailie Garden. The Castle has its own Aviary with over 100 species
of rare and endangered birds.
Another unique transaction is the Dog Collar Museum exhibiting the
world's finest public collection dating back 400 years. Not to be
missed is the intriguing Yew Maze, popular with youngsters of all
ages. By solving its puzzle, the reward is the discovery of a secret
'underworld' grotto. Youngsters can also enjoy the Turf Maze and
new toddlers' play area, giving parents a well-earned rest.
Leeds castle has its own vineyard, which produces bottles of award-winning
white wine available to buy in the Castle Shops, which also stock
a wide range of souvenirs and quality gifts. Equally impressive
are the estate's 13 show greenhouses filled with beautiful flowers
and plants, some of which are on sale at the Plant Centre.
There is also a 9-hole pay and play Golf Course with some very challenging
fairways. Light refreshments are available in the Wykeham Martin
Tea Room, while more substantial snacks and meals are provided in
the 17th century Fairfax Hall and the adjoining Terrace with its
stunning views of the castle.
For more details, opening times or any other information please