The entrance shows some of the great expanse of the 125 acres of the Hever Castle. The list of sights to visit given on the program suggest about 8 hours to see everything on the grounds including the castle This was more time than we spent so although we did not see everything, we did see much of it.
|We were there!
|KSY Military Museum
|Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday
Over 1,000 men worked on the gardens between 1904-1908. The former gardens had all but disappeared. There was a temporary railway used to help with the features. In those four years, classical gardens and natural landscape filled the 125 acres of what was once marshland and meadows.
This is the Loggia, a beautiful setting where weddings and other celebrations can be held. The original structure of the castle was preserved and any updates that had been done to it were replaced with materials used similarly to the sixteenth century and using tools from that time, as well. This project employed 748 craftsmen.
|Sights and sounds of Hever Gardens
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother to Queen Elizabeth I, spend her childhood years here and so there is a lot of history in this castle. The interior was amazing to see as it shared the history; it had photos of the royalty of the time as well as a journal of Anne Boleyn’s. As tempting as it was to take a picture of Henry VIII's room, I did not take any more interior photos.
An additional 800 men were employed to build the Hever Lake, also a major undertaking which took over two years. There is a lakeside walkway all around the lake to enjoy the view, the resident swans as well as many other birds and residents of the lake. This is adjacent to the loggia which overlooks the 38 acre lake.
Our visit was done in the Fall but the gardens were still very enjoyable, Springtime would be amazing when the 35,000 annual plantings are done in this worldly recognized garden.