Walmer Castle and Gardens

The gardens and grounds of Walmer Castle are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open, but all indoor areas remain closed. Safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

Please Note -The castle interior is currently closed. Takeaway service is available at the Glasshouse cafe.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are Closed?

    Castle – In order to comply with government guidelines, the historic interior of the castle is currently closed.

    Shop - Our shop is currently closed.

  • Visiting after 16 May

    Walmer Castle's interior spaces will open on 17 May, in line with government guidelines.

    Two ticket types will be available from 17 May until 21 June. These are the castle and gardens ticket, and the gardens-only ticket – which is available at a reduced rate.

    The café and tearoom will open with indoor and outdoor seating, and they will also offer takeaway. Walmer Castle's shop will also open.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.
    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.


  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    To aid social distancing, we have introduced one way systems throughout the site.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

What's On

 Walmer Timeline

1539–41Invasion threat

Faced with an alliance between Spain, France and the Pope, Henry VIII commissions a chain of defences from Hull to Milford Haven.

1539–40Three Artillery Castles

Henry builds castles on the Kent coast, including three at Sandown, Deal and Walmer. More than 1,400 workmen complete building works in 18 months.

Find out more about the history of Walmer Castle

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