Hever Castle was built in 1270, originally as a medieval defensive fortress with gatehouse and walled bailey. The portcullis is the oldest working example in England.
In the 15th century the Boleyn family created a spectacular Tudor dwelling within the castle walls. Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was perhaps the most famous occupant in the early 1500’s and it was Anne who, in January, 1533, provided the justification for Henry VIII to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Henry’s marriage to Anne, in defiance of the Catholic Church, and the excommunications by the Pope that followed, triggered the English Reformation, the declaration of the Church of England’s independence from Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries. These are among the most significant events in our history.
Accordingly, when you visit Hever Castle you are at a place of great significance to the culture and ideology of England and Great Britain as it is today. In short, events at Hever shaped our nation.
On Saturday, 16th June, Father’s Day weekend, we are once again guests of Hever Castle between 09:30 and 17:00. We are looking forward to another splendid display of cars and a picnic, while contemplating the history entwined in the castle. We can all raise a glass to Anne Boleyn and her daughter Good Queen Bess.
A ticket voucher can be downloaded from the AROC website at: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/164395/chk/25b0/
The voucher is FREE to Alfa Romeo owners and provides entry for an Alfa Romeo (preferably clean), the driver (observing the speed limits on site) and the passengers (all prepared to have a good time). We ask that everyone bring some cash for donation to charity.