TQ 477-452 Kent England
Hever Castle was originally a medieval fortified manor house, founded by Walter de Hevere. In 1271, William de Hever founded the stone quadrangular castle, when he was granted a licence to crenellate. The square platform encased by two wide moats, supports a rectangular 13th century three storey gatehouse, with two square angle turrets flanking an embattled curtain wall. The courtyard is occupied, by an impressive range of early Tudor timber-framed buildings, added by the Bullen family. 4 miles east is Penshurst Place and 12 miles north-west is Bletchingley Castle.
Hever Castle is located north of Hever, off the B2027. 10 miles north-west of Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the A246-B2026.
The site is owned by Broadland Properties Ltd and is open daily, April to October Gardens 10:30am Castle 12:00-6:00pm, mid Febuary, Wednesday to Sunday March Gardens 10:30am Castle 12:00-5:00pm, November and December Gardens 10:30am Castle 11:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.