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"I've been wanting to go to Hever Castle for ages…"
I've been wanting to go to Hever Castle for ages and finally made it over the Easter holidays. It was just as good as I'd expected. Although it was the holidays, it was busy but not overcrowded.
We arrived around 11 in the morning and went straight for the castle tour - which was a good idea, as it was getting busier as we left. The former home of the Boleyn family - Hever is really a fortified and moated house rather than a massive defensive castle. The setting is impossibly pretty - when we visited there was a huge field of daffodils in bloom to the side of the castle, and the castle interior is just as attractive (although much of it isn't original to the Tudor period, having been added by the current owners - the Astor family, including a 'Tudor' village beside the castle which is actually an early 20th century addition built to house visitors. The Italian gardens weren't in bloom when we visited, but in summer there will be stacks of roses so it must look lovely.
For kids, there's lots to do, including boating on the lake and a large-ish adventure playground. There are also three types of mazes - the usual hedged one, a wooden one in the playground and a brilliant water maze where depending on how you walk around, flagstones will tip and squirt you - sort of a Krypton factor/Harry Potter-esque challenge and loads of fun.
Food-wise, we were really impressed with the offering - there's a brand-new restaurant just as you enter the grounds from the carpark, which had a lot of healthy food on the menu. There's also a kids food pack, which includes a roll, fruit snackpack and juices. All in all - a great day out.Read moreLess