Walmer Castle and Gardens

Discover the colour of Walmer's gardens A sea view fit for royalty Explore the homely interior and discover Walmer's past Try our tasty homemade cakes in the tearoom

The castle is now CLOSED. Over the winter we will be carrying out a transformation of the castle, creating new displays and preparing to tell new, previously untold, stories. 2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, so make sure you set aside time in your diary to visit when we reopen from April.

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.

Don't Miss

  • The newly transformed castle when it reopens in 2015
  • New displays marking the 200th anniversary of Waterloo
  • New multimedia guides telling previously untold stories

Events At Walmer Castle and Gardens

  • Wellington Boot Camp

    Tue 26 - Fri 29 May 2015

    Step forward this half term and join the ranks of Wellington’s army. Train as a soldier for the Redcoats in musket drills. Hear tales of bravery and intrigue and take part in the Kid's Battle of Waterloo.

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Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent - CT14 7LJ (Directions)


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