Monday, 31 July 2017

A Photo Diary: Hever Castle & Gardens

 







 


Being as interested in travelling and exploring new places as I am, it was inevitable that I had to visit Hever Castle at some point this year. I did my research, and figured it wasn't too far away and it seemed like exactly my sort of scene. I love anything pretty and picturesque, so when I saw all the images on their website, I had to sort something out right away.

For those of you who may not know the place that I'm talking about, it's essentially a castle and gardens in a place called Edenbridge, which is in Kent. The castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home and as I'm really interested in history, I always like to visit these attractions, just for the experience and the knowledge.

The photos that I took on both my phone and my camera turned out really well and I'm so impressed with them. Although I wanted to mainly capture the beauty in my head and store it within my photographic memory, I wanted to take some photos too, because all of the scenery was just too pretty to pass on that opportunity! I wanted to be able to look back and remember this day out and it's always nice to share the places I visit with other people through my blog too.

As far as the day itself, I went here with my Aunt and Uncle. We had quite an early start, so I listened to my music and shut my eyes in the car. Once we had parked the car and bought the tickets at the kiosk (oh, and had a toilet stop!), we started walking around the grounds, which included the gardens, the lake and the Japanese tea house! It wasn't a place that you could actually go in to have tea, but it was more of a model that was just there for decoration.

It had started to spit with rain by this point, so whilst the downpour was going on, we all sat in the car and ate our little picnic, which consisted of lemonade, cheese, ham and pickle rolls, some grapes and a mini chocolate bar! Exploring can be hard work, you know...

Once the wet weather seemed to pass, we got out of the car and headed towards the main spectacle - the castle itself. Outside it, there were 2 horses and 2 men dressed up ready for the jousting tournament, but I wasn't too keen on the idea, so I insisted that we head inside, much to my Uncle's despair - sorry Uncle G!

The castle itself was absolutely incredible. I've visited Windsor and Dover before, but this was extraordinary. It was just beautiful and there were so many intricate details that a picture simply wouldn't do justice. It wasn't as big as Windsor from what I remember, but you would be surprised how luxurious and ornate you can make a place!

One thing that stood out to me was the fact that you could see the axes and the torture equipment that would be used back in the day. There were things like cannons, objects to hold and harm your arms, legs, ankles, neck - everything! You wouldn't have been able to escape if you tried and as fascinating as I found it, I was also terrified.

At the end, we did watch a bit of the jousting, but I just wasn't feeling it! I'm not really a fan of sword fighting or violence of any means, even if it's just purely for entertainment like that. It isn't quite my cup of tea, but I put up with the experience none-the-less!

I'd definitely like to visit Hever again in the future, as it really has become one of my favourite places. I just think it's so magical and I don't think anyone could ever get bored of seeing such beautiful flowers!

Have you ever been to Hever? Let me know in the comments below what you think!
 
Lots of love always,
 
 





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