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Hever Castle Garden

A moated Tudor castle with a twentieth century garden. The garden was made, after 1903, for William Waldorf Astor, with 1,000 men employed. Its style is Italian/Arts and Crafts and still contains the large collection of Italian sculpture which Astor assembled when American Ambassador in Rome. The gardens were designed by an architect (F L Pearson) and a nurseryman (J Cheale). A 38 acre lake was also made, dug by 800 workers over 2 years. The garden has topiary chessmen clipped from golden yew, a Pompeiian Wall, a great pergola, a loggia, a rose garden and a fountain inspired by the Villa d'Este.
Italian Garden. Photograph © GardenVisit.com
Pompeiian Wall. Photograph © GardenVisit.com
Rose Garden. Photograph © GardenVisit.com
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Half-Moon Pond. Photograph © GardenVisit.com
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Chess Garden. Photograph © GardenVisit.com
Aerial View. Photograph © Hever Castle Ltd

Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent, England, TN8 7NG

Opening times 2013 Main Season: Gardens open at 10.30am; Castle opens at 12.00pm. Feb 18 – 28 (daily) last admission 4pm; final exit 5pm Mar 1 – 31 (Weds-Sun) last admission 4pm; final exit 5pm Apr 1 – Oct 30 (daily) last admission 5pm; final exit 6pm (31 October final exit 5pm) Winter Season: Nov 2 – Dec 24 (Weds-Sun) see website for opening hours Closed Dec 25 and 26, then open daily between Dec 27 and Jan 2 2014

2013 Admission Rates Castle & Gardens: Adult: £15.00 Senior: £12.75 Child (5-15): £8.50 *Family: £38.50 (*2 adults; 2 children or 1 adult; 3 children) Gardens only: Adult: £12.50 Senior: £10.75 Child (5-15): £8.00 *Family: £33.00 (*2 adults; 2 children or 1 adult; 3 children)

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