Excursions – Hever Castle

To see other planned excursions please go back to the Excursions & Outings Main Page.

We keep a record of previous trips so that new members can see where we've been in the past.

Eventually we will build an archive of our past trips in a different folder, but for now, we are keeping the Booking Page to act as an archive.

PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND BOOK THIS TRIP! (It's now, agh… 'history'!)

We plan to visit Hever Castle on 28 June 2017.

Places are limited so please book early.

If you would like to go on this outing please print off the booking slip, complete this and return with your payment as soon as possible.  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis as they are received by Val Smith.

If for any reason you are unable to print off the booking slip then please write the required information on a sheet of paper and include with your cheque.

Places will be confirmed by email or by telephone if not on email.

 

Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. 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. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle.

A fact sheet which gives more information, and the booking form can be found on the right of this page.

 

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Please see FACT SHEET and BOOKING FORM 
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