Get lost at Hever Castle, an entertaining side trip from London

The hedge maze at Hever Castle in Kent is featured in the season premiere of "Brain Games." | Lori Rackl

HEVER, England — The hedge maze at Hever Castle in Kent seemed like a perfect setting for National Geographic Channel’s “Brain Games” to film an experiment about memory.

Drone shots from above could capture three diverse people — a London cabbie, a 10-year-old girl and a PhD math student — as they each raced against the clock to find five flags scattered throughout the perfectly manicured maze.

With the 13th century castle in the background, host Jason Silva would interview the maze runners and a British neuroscientist about the race results, shedding light on how spatial memory operates in different people.

Great idea. Except Hever Castle happens to be located under a popular flight pattern at Gatwick Airport. That meant a lot of shouts of “Cut!” from the director and a lot of staring down at toes until the sounds of planes’ engines disappeared and filming could resume.

“At least I never said it would be easy,” quipped executive producer Geoffrey Sharp about the incessant interruptions at this otherwise idyllic landmark, childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

"Brain Games" showrunner Geoffrey Sharp (wearing sunglasses) during filming at Hever Castle. | Lori Rackl

“Brain Games” showrunner Geoffrey Sharp (wearing sunglasses) during filming at Hever Castle. | Lori Rackl

Take home lesson: If you’re filming a TV show, Hever Castle isn’t without its challenges. But if you’re looking for an interesting, historic place to visit in England, a trip to Hever is a no-brainer.

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Located about 40 miles south of London, Hever Castle and Gardens is a picturesque spot to spend a day — or night. The sprawling property includes luxury B&B accommodations as well as an early 20th century cottage with four bedrooms.

Adult admission to the castle, where King Henry VIII’s ill-fated wife spent her early years, and the gardens costs 16.50 pounds (roughly $24 based on current exchange rates).

Inside Hever Castle, a childhood home of Anne Boleyn. | Lori Rackl

Inside Hever Castle, a childhood home of Anne Boleyn. | Lori Rackl

You can tour the inside of the moated castle, but the real treat is walking around the private lake (or go for a row) and the myriad gardens, including one bursting with more than 4,000 rose bushes.

Restaurants and a 27-hole golf course are on-site, as well as an adventure playground for kids and a place to practice archery and shield painting. Hever also has an open-air theater and holds jousting tournaments, among other events, throughout the year.

The Rose Garden at Hever Castle. | Lori Rackl

The Rose Garden at Hever Castle. | Lori Rackl

Don’t leave without having a pint and some pub grub at the royally charming King Henry VIII inn on Hever Road in Edenbridge, across the street from the castle’s entrance.

If a trip to England isn’t in the offing, take a virtual visit by watching the season premiere of “Brain Games,” debuting at 8 p.m. (Central) Feb. 14 on National Geographic Channel.

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