Hever Castle makes for the perfect day trip from London. In fact, it is one of the days featured in the book, 33 Day Trips From London.
We went there for our youngest son’s 7th birthday, over the Easter Holidays. The sun was shining and we were in the mood to celebrate! As desperate as I was to go in the castle. But, I knew my son was more desperate to run crazy through the mazes. And it was his birthday.
The boating lake is beautiful. It is much larger than you imagine it to be from photos, and makes for the perfect picnic spot.
You can hire boats out or take a ride on the The African Queen Steam Boat, as seen in the above picture.
There are 3 mazes within the grounds of Hever Castle, with the water maze being our favourite. Be prepared and bring a spare set of clothes, or better still, on a hot day, wear your swimming gear! Lots of squeals and shrieks of giggles could be heard as children (and adults) navigated their way round the maze, wondering if they were about to be squirted with a jet of water.
Tip: If you really don’t want to get wet, don’t go on it!
As it was Easter, Lindt Chocolate had put on a Easter Egg Trail. The boys had to answer questions about Hever Castle and the gardens, including finding little golden Lindt bunnies hidden in the formal gardens.
Right by the castle itself there is another maze, this one made out of yew trees and is 100 years old. We all went in together…and resurfaced some time later, at various times at the exit!
The Castle itself was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. The castle holds 700 years of intriguing history with opportunities to see the rooms inside of the castle.
Hever Castle is located near Edenbridge in Kent, about 30 miles from central London.
For more details visit www.hevercastle.co.uk.