Discover famous figures such as the Duke of Wellington and William Pitt the Younger and learn more about local history in a fun and engaging way.

School children at Walmer Castle
Walmer Castle

curriculum links

Step back in time and explore the history of Walmer Castle.

  • KS1, 2 & 3 – Local history study
  • KS1 – Significant individuals
  • KS2 – Extend chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 – Development of church, state and society in Britain 1509 – 1745
  • KS3 – Ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain 1745 – 1901

free school visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens and design your own day to suit your curriculum needs. Find out more about the significant figures who lived at the castle by borrowing our free Treasure Boxes specifically designed for KS1 and 2. They're full of handling items and ideas to inspire your students and help with your pre-visit work in the classroom. 

See the Duke of Wellington's original Wellington boots and his death mask! Take inspiration from our gardens for Art and Design projects, as well as exploring the wildlife in the ornamental pond and woodland.


School children at Walmer Castle

Facilities for Learning Groups

  • PARKING: There is free parking available on site for cars, minibuses and two coaches. There is also a free off-site coach park directly opposite the property. 
  • TOILETS: There are female toilets located near to the entrance of the property and the male toilets are near the exit, towards the garden. There are additional male, female and disabled toilets in the garden adjacent to the glasshouses. 
  • SHOP: There is a well-stocked shop on site which sells a range of books and gifts. 
  • LUNCH: Groups are welcome to bring a packed lunch with them; there are designated picnic areas around the gardens. There is also a café located on site. 
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Access for wheelchair users is confined to the ground floor of the house and the gatehouse. Wheel chairs users can also visit most of the gardens along gravelled paths. The main access point from the House to the gardens may not be practical for those with disabilities, please speak to a member of staff, who will be able to show you an alternative route. The stairs leading to the upper floors are easy to climb. Wheelchairs are available on request.

teaching resources

Hazard Information Sheet: Walmer Castle

Hazard Information Sheet: Walmer Castle


Education Opening Times

  • February and March - Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 - 16.00
  • April to September - 10.00-18.00
  • October - 10.00-17.00
  • November to January - Closed

Learn With Us

Learn more about the history of Walmer Castle to enhance your school visit experience, including the Collections gallery allowing you to explore fascinating artefacts from the Duke of Wellington's boots to William Pitt the Younger's writing desk.

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