Walmer Castle and Gardens

The gardens and grounds at Walmer are now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different..

Welcome to Walmer Castle

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. To book your visit, click here.

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs.

  • Gardens - The formal gardens, meadow and woodland walk will be open for visitors to enjoy with a new free flow route in place. The Glen is open for visitors to enjoy, with a one way system in place to aid social distancing.
  • Castle – The castle  interiors will remain closed.
  • Café - The Glasshouse cafe will be open, offering snacks, treats and refreshments via a takeaway service. The cafe will close 15 minutes before our closing time. Our tearoom and glasshouse cafe are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop – The castle shop will be open, with a one way system in place to help guide you.
  • Playgrounds - The play trail will remain closed.
  • Toilets - The castle's new toilet facilities will be open. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.
  • Site entrance - The normal visitor entrance is closed. An alternative visitor entrance is in use, accessed via the grass overflow car park.
  • Face masks - Face coverings must be worn in Walmer Castle's indoor shop, café and tea room, and we recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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 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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