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Hever Castle

Hever Castle, Dining Hall

Hever Castle, Gardens

Hever Castle, Tudor Garden Chess

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Whether enamoured by the history and character the Tudor castle has to offer, or just looking for an entertaining day out with the kids, Hever Castle really is a rewarding day out for all ages and family members. Situated in Edenbridge, Kent, the astonishing grounds encompass an immersing journey through time and an adventure for all. With a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities to keep the whole family absorbed, there is no need for any apprehension over Britain’s temperamental weather conditions or the kids becoming uninterested. With not only the traditional (yet unavoidably amusing) 100 year old yew maze, the castle offers an alternative way to ‘get lost’ for a few hours, with an imaginative water maze. Other activities that are sure to pass hours by with delight and laughter, including the children’s adventure playground and (for the more energetic individuals) the Castle’s jousting, archery and shield painting facilities, not to mention the trails and tours that take place throughout the year. For a more passive source of amusement, or perhaps the older family members, the miniature model houses located through the Hever Castle shop, are fascinating to view. This collection, which takes about half an hours captivation, consists of an assortment of distinctive 1/12 scale model houses, reflecting the architectural features from Tudor to Victorian times. Moreover, the magnificent gardens of the castle, formed around 1904-1908, are exquisite to view whilst having a relaxing stroll through at any time of the year, as is the gorgeous boating lake, which can also be strolled along, through the wildlife-inhabited lakeside. For the history lovers, Hever Castle is the perfect place to become engrossed in the Tudor past. Being the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the double moated castle contains an array of Tudor paintings and books engraved by Anne Boleyn herself. The 700 years of history the castle holds and its enchanting story, can be unfolded throughout the many impressive rooms and the tales of its various owners and inhabitants. Overall, for a day of escapism and laughter as Hever Castle

well as a journey through another time period, Hever Castle is definitely well worth a visit for families with kids of all ages. The tickets can be purchased both online and on entry, though it saves money to do so online. Although perhaps considered slightly pricey, seeing as there is plenty to do at the castle to fill up an entire day and the desires of all individuals, I believe it is well worth the cost for such a charming break from reality. Family ticket* on entry (castle and gardens): £42.50 Family ticket* online (castle and gardens): £39.95 Family ticket* on entry (gardens only): £37 Family ticket* online (gardens only): £34.80 *2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children, not applicable to groups.

Hever Golf Express Just a stone’s throw from Hever Castle, is what I think is my favourite golf course in the UK – Hever Golf Club. With its lovely tudor style club house, its attractive outdoor terrace and great bar menu, it is definitely a course that I love playing, as did my step-children James and Emily, when we took them to try out Hever’s new Express Golf Course, aimed at introducing children and adults alike, to a game I have become obsessed with over this past year! For just £5, visitors are given a club, several balls and a score card, and instructions on where to find the first hole! The tee isn’t the usual white, yellow or red, but blue, and can be found half way up the fairway. The flag you are then aiming for is blue, and the hole is about 10 times bigger than the usual size. The course itself is stunning, and even though the course is for beginners, there is still the challenge of hitting the ball over water, hence the few extra you are given at the beginning of the game! We all had a thoroughly enjoyable 9 holes, and hopefully have introduced James and Emily to another sport they can continue to pursue over the next few years. For further information visit:

American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...

American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...