For someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd too much, I certainly have a thing for Christmas traditions, and Hever Castle is most definitely a Christmas tradition!
Hever Castle is no stranger to Life Daily. Located just around the corner from us in Kent and famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, it’s one of my favourite places to visit, especially at Christmas.
The theme this year is Alice In Wonderland, and, as always, it didn’t disappoint!
We arrived just after 2pm because we knew it would get dark pretty quick and we wanted to see everything lit up. As magical as Hever Castle is, there is something even more spectacular when it’s light up in multi-colour.
Throughout the trail there were scenes inspired by Alice In Wonderland, think rabbit holes, The Cheshire Cat, a Mad Hatter tea party and a caterpillar. There was so much attention to detail, with playing cards dotted around the grounds, and the most beautiful quotes throughout the castle itself.
Who knew Alice was so good at motivational speaking!
As well as spending time in history, we also got the chance to see some Huskies again, as they were visiting for the Christmas period (they’re only there on certain dates so check first if this is a must) and hands up if you wanted to take a couple home with you? They have the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen on a dog. If they didn’t moult so much I would be on the hunt for my very own snow dog right now!
You can, of course, book to see Santa in his grotto. We didn’t do that this year, but we passed it a few times and it looks as beautiful as you’d hope it would. As if Hever Castle would let Santa down!
If you want to visit Hever before Christmas, you can book your tickets online here – I believe the Twilight Christmas is fully booked now, but they’re open until 6 and you definitely get the full magic when it’s dark!
Disclaimer – I was gifted a family ticket to visit Hever Castle, but as always, all words and opinions are my own and I haven’t been paid for this post.