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17 July 2019Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent.
23 June 2019Extended Visit - Historic Houses and Heritage of Suffolk
05 June 2019Wilton House & Gardens, Wiltshire
02 May 2019The Red House (NT), Bexleyheath and Horniman Museum & Gardens, Forest Hill
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22 May 2017Snowshill Manor and Gardens, Gloucestershire.
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25 April 2014Waddesdon Manor (near Aylesbury, Bucks.)
30 October 2013Apsley House and the Wellington Arch
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21 June 2012Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum
22 May 2012EXTENDED VISIT 2012 - Krakow’s Art and History
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07 July 2011Frampton Court Estate and Manor
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22 May 2011EXTENDED VISIT 2011 - Liverpool and Manchester
03 May 2011Romsey Abbey, Breamore House and Countryside Museum
06 April 2011Bletchley Park
09 November 2010Longleat House - VIP Winter Tour
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30 May 2010EXTENDED VISIT 2010 - Art and Palaces of Vienna
20 May 2010River Trip from Westminster to Greenwich Pier, Royal Observatory and the Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House
28 April 2010The Merchant’s House, Marlborough, and Lydiard Park

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Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent.
Wednesday 17 July 2019

Booking opens 13 June.

Cost £38 if RHS full member* or £50 if not. Includes self-guided tour of Castle (guides in all rooms), access to gardens and 2 course lunch in Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant by the lake.  

Booking now closed 

*If you come on the visit and hold an RHS membership card, please remember to bring it with you to Hever.

The original medieval defensive castle dates from the 13th century and in Tudor times became the home of the ambitious courtier to Henry VIII, Sir Thomas Bullen. His daughter, Anne Boleyn, became the king’s ill-fated second wife.

The house passed through many hands and was a virtual ruin when the estate was acquired in the early 20th century by William Waldorf Astor, the American tycoon. He had it faithfully restored and, to provide enough accommodation for entertaining, he added a complete Tudor-style village joined on by a covered bridge. Modern central heating, water supplies and electrical fittings are all carefully concealed.

The restoration was carried out under the direction of the architect Frank Pearson and much of the carving is by W. S. Frith. Roads and streams were diverted, avenues built, woods planted and a large lake created.

The upstairs is more of a museum. There are Tudor portraits and Boleyn memorabilia, including her inscribed Book of Hours. Astor memorabilia are also displayed. The ceiling of the Long Gallery, on the second floor, has elaborate hand-moulded plasterwork, and from it hang solid silver chandeliers.

The superb grounds include the Italianate Garden, a maze, the ‘Pompeiian Wall’ and the lake.