Set in 600 acres of idyllic countryside, Hever Castle has a rich and varied history dating back more than 700 years. The present peaceful setting belies a tumultuous past involving events that changed the course of Britain’s monarchy, religion and history.
Hever Castle is now proud to present this historic Estate as an award winning wedding venue. Whether it is the stately grandeur of the Castle itself, the classic country house atmosphere of The Astor Wing or the stunning lakeside location of The Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle can deliver beyond all expectations.
So, be it an intimate gathering or a grand affair, dreams of a balmy summer wedding in beautiful English gardens, or roaring log fires on a snowy winters evening, it’s all waiting to be discovered at Hever Castle.
The History of Hever Castle
The original medieval defensive castle, with its gatehouse and walled bailey, was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was the home of one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns, who added the Tudor dwelling within the walls.
The Castle was to become the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife, who became Queen of England for just 1,000 days. It was Henry’s love for Anne and her insistence that she became his wife rather than his mistress that led to the King renouncing Catholicism and creating the Church of England.
Hever later passed into the ownership of another of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne of Cleves, and from 1557 onwards it was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humphreys and the Meade Waldos.
Gradually it fell into decline before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’, now called the ‘Astor Wing’ and constructing the magnificent gardens and lake. At Hever, his wealth and vision enabled him to create a lavish family home that also indulged his passion for history.