We go to Hever Castle and Gardens every single Christmas (as well as throughout the year) and it is always one of our favourite festive days out. Here’s why we keep going back again each year and what to expect from Christmas 2019!
♥ We tend to visit during the daytime. These tickets don’t need to be pre-booked (unlike the Twilight Christmas visits from 6pm) however we try to time it so that we are still there at dusk and get to see the beautiful illuminations across the grounds and the castle lit up for Christmas, making our visit extra special.
♥ The interactive Alice in Wonderland outdoor trail is superb. You can choose to wander along the trail at your own pace or join in the tour with the March Hare. Top tip – This takes place on the hour (I believe until 4pm) and there are characters dotted along the trail. Even if you don’t join in with the March Hare’s tour, it is probably best to do the trail on the hour to guarantee that the other characters will be there.
♥ The carousel and traditional fairground rides set in front the castle are surely in one of the most spectacular settings? My boys love playing the coconut shy (even though they never win) and my personal favourite is the hall of mirrors!
♥ The castle is absolutely stunning at Christmas with roaring fires, twinkling Christmas trees adorned with festive decorations and this year’s Alice in Wonderland theme ties in beautifully with it. Top tip – If you are bringing a baby with you to the castle, you might find it handy to take a sling/carrier as you’ll need to leave your pushchair in the courtyard when walking around the castle.
♥ Make sure you visit the snowy courtyard next to the Pavilion Restaurant – it’s a great photo opportunity and there’s a really magical feel to it. This is also where the Father Christmas drop-ins taking place (see point below).
♥ If you haven’t pre-booked a visit with Father Christmas to Hever Castle, there’s always the option to book a drop-in visit to see him on the day you go. Allocation for this is meant to be pretty good, though it is first come first served on the day. The remaining drop-in dates for 2019 are 14th, 15th, 20th – 23rd December.
♥ I feel like this is a underrated attraction – the Miniature Model Houses (accessible from the gift shop) are just lovely and many of the exhibits are decorated for Christmas at the moment. It would have been my childhood dream to have a dolls house like one of these!
♥ If you are visiting on 14th, 15th, 21st or 22nd December, don’t forget to go and see the Huskies!
Hever at Christmas is taking place from now until Christmas Eve. Find out more HERE including prices, opening hours and more!
Many thanks to Hever Castle for providing us with a family ticket in return for an honest review.