We have had so many fantastic family days out at Hever Castle over the last few years. From splashing around in the water maize and enjoying easter egg hunts around the gorgeous grounds, to twinkly Christmas trails and a superb new play area, here are our four favourite reasons to visit Hever Castle with kids:
♥ Tudor Towers – There have been huge changes to the play area at Hever Castle over the last couple of years with the Tudor Towers (aimed at children age 7 to 14) being my boys’ favourite place to go when we visit. There’s plenty to do for younger children too and a kiosk right next to it if you fancy having a cuppa while the kids burn some energy.
♥ The Water Maize – This is one of the best places to cool down around Tunbridge Wells during the hot weather. We went there on one of the hottest days of the year this Summer and my kids spent ages navigating their way around the maize. I had to follow my over-zealous four year old around it and got completely soaked too, much to my husband’s amusement!
♥ Additional Events – There’s always something additional going on at Hever Castle, especially during the school holidays. We love going at Halloween, Christmas and Easter and always take part in the activities they have on offer. Summer is a super time to go too and the jousting is a must-watch!
♥ Historical element – Nearly everyone has heard of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife, who became Queen of England for just 1,000 days. As Hever Castle is her childhood home, wandering around the castle and seeing it decorated and furnished just as it used to be helps to bring history to life. The great hall features life size versions of King Henry VIII and his wives and the armoury room at the end of the tour is of particular interest to my kids. If you are visiting at Christmas, make sure you factor a walk around the inside of the castle into your visit – it’s absolutely beautiful with its roaring fires and festive decorations.
For opening times, entry prices and more information, visit the Hever castle website HERE.
Disclosure: Hever Castle is a My Tunbridge Wells Partner. We received complimentary entry for our recent visit. As always, all thoughts in this blog post / review are my own.