Hever, Kent, England

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn family. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of Henry VIII, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505. It later came into the possession of Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. It is now a tourist attraction and open to the public.


The castle is reputedly haunted, as one would expect by the ghost of Anne Boleyn. She is said to appear on Christmas Eve, gliding across the bridge across the River Eden. A farmer that was robbed and murdered here also haunts the castle.

Hever Castle & Gardens,



Kent, TN8 7NG.


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For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones; Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.


Visitor Information

Hever is a village in Kent, England.

The place-name 'Hever' is first attested in a Saxon charter of 814, where it appears as 'Heanyfre'; the name means 'high edge'.

Pictured left is Hever Castle courtesy of Charlesdrakew. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.