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My old friend, Hever Castle

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Hever Castle in Kent is the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the woman who stole the heart of King Henry VIII, but who was beheaded for unconvincing reasons a few years later. It’s a wonderful family attraction and Mrs Adams, Helen, Izzy and I used to visit all the time.

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Hever Castle in all its glory. I arrived early so I could take photographs without people walking into the picture.

Disclosure: On this occasion I was kindly given access to Hever Castle so I could taken photographs of the venue.

As family life got busier, our visits petered out but earlier this week I returned. It was a wonderful, warm, sunny day and I arrived early so there were hardly any visitors on site.

Hever Castle is a photographer’s paradise. The purpose of the visit was solely to take photographs and so I’d timed my adventure to ensure I had the place largely to myself.

This worked in my favour as I was rolling around on the floor taking pictures, holding up a lens ball in all manner of bizarre positions and talking to myself as I was taking shots. It’s the the kind of eccentric behaviour that is perfectly normal for a keen photographer, but that non-photographers would find disturbing! I simply didn’t want any witnesses to my camera-induced madness.

The image at the top is of Hever Castle itself. It shows the west wall and main entrance of the building.

The castle grounds also feature a lake and a stunning Italian-themed garden and a loggia. The image below is of the loggia, viewed through a lens ball.

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The loggia at Hever Castle, viewed through a lens ball.

The final image is also of the loggia, bit was taken from the north shore of the lake. It offers a completely different perspective and shows the entire structure. Squint, and you might just make out the fountain in the loggia, which is based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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The loggia at Hever Castle, photographed from the shore of the lake.

I’m already planning the next visit, so expect some more photography from Hever Castle in the months to come. In the meantime, do you have the one favourite spot you keep going back to take images? if so, where is it and what attracts you to it?

This post will be added to the #MySundayPhoto blog link up hosted by my good friend Darren Coleshill on his Photalife.com blog. I recommend you pay his blog a visit if you like photography as it feature imagery form lots of other bloggers.

12 thoughts on “My old friend, Hever Castle”

    1. Oh you sure can Tara. You need to pay a little extra to get inside the castle building itself. That said, if you are in the area, there is an amazing adventure playground on site and the most photogenic parts are all outside. There is no shortage of them either!

  1. Gorgeous photos John. I think this Summer I’ll make the effort to visit Hever Castle. I remember going there for a school trip but that was a long time ago.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  2. Lovely shots John and a lovely looking castle. I’ keep contemplating purchasing a lense ball but worry I’d not use it enough to warrant pugging it around with me!
    I didn’t realise Darren was doing #MySundayPhoto again!

    1. Hello Dave! I think Darren has just started doing #MySundayPhoto. Clearly he misses it too much, Lensballs are great, but yes, they are heavy.

    1. I fear I am the other way around. I have only been to Leeds Castle the once but Hever is awesome for a family day out.

    1. I’ll be honest Susan, Hever Castle would be quite a trek for you! If you ever find yourself down here, I’d recommend calling in.

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