Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years and enjoyed his time spent at the castle and in recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother made regular visits to the castle.
The armchair in which Wellington died and an original pair of 'Wellington boots' along with some of the rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights. And with the magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and some excellent bird spotting there's something for everyone to enjoy. There is also a pleasant cycle path along the beach front to nearby Deal Castle.
Easter Adventure Quest
Good Fri 18 - Easter Mon 21 Apr 2014
Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Walmer Castle. Rise to the challenge and you’ll reap a chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.
Capturing History Photography Workshop
Wed 14 May
Capture the history of Walmer Castle and Gardens with expert photographer Lewis Phillips. Learn new techniques and how to make the most of your camera.
Sat 07 and Sun 08 Jun 2014
Step through the garden gate as the gardens come to life for the summer. Talks from our gardeners and fun activities for families and kids. Judge the flowers for yourself and discover the hidden secrets on our Garden Trail. Part of the Chelsea Fringe.
Prices and opening times
Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent - CT14 7LJ
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