Day Trip to Hever, England.
To start off my weekend, I went to the city of Hever near for a few hours! I decided to go, because there is Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. It was only a forty minute train ride from the London Bridge train station with plenty of countryside views to offer. When I got to the Hever train station, I had planned on taking a taxi to the castle, but I didn’t anticipate how small the town was without a taxi (or any cars really) in sight! Luckily, there was a map with a trail of how to get to the castle so I set off on foot.
Mind you, there was no direct path and the footpath ended up having me strolling through people’s backyards and running into pastures of sheep. It was actually amazing, I felt like Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice: walking around and owning the countryside. But, I did wish I wore better shoes as my shoes are still caked in mud. It was only a half hour walk to the castle, including the times of me trying to make sure I wasn’t lost.
The castle did not disappoint in the slightest. Inside was original furniture from the time of Anne Boleyn (including the post from her bed), as well as famous original art pieces of important people during that time period including Thomas More, Bishop Fischer, King Henry VIII and his wives, the list goes on and on. It was mind blowing to me to be in a room where King Henry VIII had once slept or to stand in a spot where Anne must have stood when she looked out the window to see the king’s livery riding up to the castle in his attempts to court her. It was a history hub and I was more than satisfied. I am sorry for the lack of photos, but no photography allowed and I was not looking to get kicked out of there.
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous with wonderful gardens on the surrounding acres of land. My dream gardens, absolutely. I did take some time to stroll through the Italian gardens while eating some ice cream with the sun shining as well. Then it was a good walk back to the train station. All in all, an amazing day and one of my new favorite places in the whole world. As I’m even writing this, I still can’t believe that just yesterday I was in a castle that I had spent my whole life reading about.