🚍 Hever Castle Jousting
Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion. Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey.
The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature. Today, much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. The Astor Suite is dedicated to its more recent history, showcasing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.
Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle.
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
Note: all photos, with a few exceptions, were taken during our previous trips.
08:45 am meeting near Ibis London City Hotel, 5 Commercial Street, E1 6BF (next to Aldgate East station); 09:00 sharp departure; 10:20-17:00 The Jousting Tournament at Hever Castle (from £8,90), dining option outside of the castle – timber pub of 17th century King Henry VIII (please prebook); 17:00 departure; 18:30 London, Aldgate East.
Plan of the Jousting Tournament:
- 13:00 The Jousting Field Opens
- 14:00 Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn Arrive at the Castle
- 14:15 The Jousting Tournament Commences
Travel times may vary depending on traffic & weather conditions.
- transport throughout the tour with an English-speaking driver-tour manager
- experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver
- expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip
The price does not include:
- tourist guide
- entry fees
- food during the trip
- travel to the start and finish points of the trip
- personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, theft of or damage to baggage)
What to bring:
- walking shoes
- dress for the weather, umbrella
- photo camera & phone charger
- friendly attitude and good manners 🙂
That’s it, we’ll handle the rest. All you have to do is turn up and have a great weekend!
Get the best price 10 days in advance to the tour (fuul price is £46).
Please note: By default, most of our group tours are designed for the Russian speaking community, therefore, the audio cd record is played in the Russian language.
This tour, as well as any other Evebus Tours, can be arranged for private groups. Please contact us on email@example.com with the email subject “Private tours”.