Anne Boleyn’s childhood home is well worth a visit, and a tour will give you an insight into the workings of this elegant thirteenth-century castle. But it’s actually the surrounding gardens that steal the show, particularly where kids are concerned. Start walking and you’ll find several mazes – including a water maze – a playground, a boating lake and a collection of tiny model houses all tucked away in 125 acres of perfectly manicured greenery. Kids can book in for activities like archery lessons, too, and there’s an open-air theatre in summer.
Get there: 42 minutes by train from London Bridge to Hever; around one hour 30 minutes by car.