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Hever Castle celebrates anniversary with interactive exhibition

Date Posted: 10/01/2013

To celebrate 110 years since Hever Castle was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, a new interactive exhibition opens on 16th February.

The permanent exhibition includes letters and photographs, everyday objects such as old-fashioned telephones and radios which can be used to listen to interviews with former ‘below stairs’ staff, and video, so that visitors can watch the Astor family’s archive of home movies.

Multi-millionaire William Waldorf Astor moved from America to England in 1891. He then purchased Hever Castle in 1903 and employed skilled craftsmen to restore it to its former glory, adding the Tudor-style village to accommodate visiting family, guests and domestic staff.

The gardens were created to showcase Astor’s collection of ancient Greek and Roman statuary, acquired while he was American Ambassador to Italy.

William Waldorf Astor brought all the comforts of Edwardian life to Hever Castle. He was among the first grand country house owners to install bathrooms with modern plumbing, electricity and central heating.

School and student groups must pre-book to guarantee entry, as numbers have to be limited. All student groups up to the age of 19 must also have one teacher or adult for every ten students.

Castle and gardens private guided tours can be pre-booked for your school group and are available in a number of different languages.

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