Welcome back to our tour of England. Sit back, grab a cup of tea and a freshly baked scone.... and enjoy your visit to Hever Castle.
Here is a quick history of Hever Castle:
We arrived about 30 mins before the Castle opened, so we took a stroll around the grounds.
You can see in the pic above that the skies were starting to darken. Eek!
Can you see behind the plaque how the shrubs are clipped into large chess pieces?
We just could not get over how green the grounds were at the end of Winter.
The Castle is officially open....
Let's walk under the portcullis and into the inner Courtyard....
Although restored, most of this stone and woodwork is original to the Castle.
It was surreal to think that these were the same grounds, the same hallways, the same steps as Anne and Henry VIII walked while they were courting.
I love this front entrance. Can you imagine how pretty it must be when these vines are in bloom.
This was enclosed in a special glass case, but I found it absolutely fascinating. This is the prayer book which Anne took with her to her beheading.
I also learned a little ditty to keep up with the wives....
Divorced, Beheaded, Died...
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.
Once we left the Castle, it had started to rain pretty hard and temperatures were dropping fast. But, we knew we could not leave without taking a tour of the Astor Gardens which took five years to install. While Mr Astor loved in Italy, he amassed a small fortune in statuary, fountains and artwork. Some items featured in this garden are over 2000 years old.
There are a lot of pictures...so I will just let you enjoy them.
Just admiring all of the "little" details. :)
That ends the tour of Hever Castle and Gardens. Next, I will share our visit to Windsor Castle.
Thanks for coming along.
If you missed the tour of Tonbridge, England - click HERE.