Hever Castle Unveils New Adventure Playground

Published on 26th October 2017

Hever Castle’s new adventure playground was officially opened today (Tuesday 17 October).

‘Henry VIII’ escorted the specially invited visitors to the new play area and Richard Guthrie, son of owner John Guthrie, cut the ribbon alongside members of the Waldegrave family – Katie Waldegrave and Liza Hallinan and Camilla Trusted from the Astor family.

Aimed at children 7-14 it features three slides and two poles and lots of interactive elements split into three houses named after three of the most significant owners in the evolution of the Castle: Boleyn, Waldegrave and Astor.


Children from Hever Primary School were among the first to try out the new play area and gave it the thumbs up.

Duncan Leslie CEO said: “This has been quite an undertaking doing this project and a great team effort pulling it together. There is a good chance that one day this building might be listed because it’s built to last.”

The 9 metre tall castle is bigger than a four bedroom house with its own moat, drawbridge and three turrets.

Children can experience a castle under siege with one side incomplete as if it’s been attacked with a cargo net to climb, noises of archers and a drawbridge.

There is a Dining Hall complete with sights and sounds (and an exit through the fireplace). 

Instruments to play and a roof maze to solve as well as hidden boxes to find, mean it is sure to entertain everyone from the younger child to the teenager.

Tudor Towers was designed by FRLA Ltd and constructed by West Sussex-based Duncan and Grove to replace the former Tower Maze playground.

The playground is now open to the public.

Admission Prices – Gardens only: Adults £14.20; Seniors £12.70; Student £12.10, Children (5-15) £9.00; Family ticket £38.90. 

Gardens open at 10:30am; Castle opens at 12 noon. Last admission 4:30pm; final exit 6pm.