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Standing guard over the Kentish coast since Tudor times, Walmer Castle developed over the years from a coastal fort into an elegant seaside retreat for politicians, aristocrats and royalty.
Discover the history of the castle, from the time of its construction to repel threats of invasion, to its role as the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Learn about some of the significant figures who have resided at Walmer over the years, and explore the collection of art and objects they left behind.
Read the full history of Walmer Castle, from its days as a Tudor fort, defending the coast from invasion, to its transformation into the elegant residence we see today.
Walmer Castle is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports – once a powerful role responsible for the defence of Kent and Sussex. Learn more about some of the most famous Lords Warden.
Over the years, the Lords Warden have brought many significant objects, documents and artefacts to Walmer. Browse a selection, including a number relating to the Duke of Wellington.
A highlight of a visit to Walmer is the castle’s magnificent grounds. But how did a Tudor fort end up with over eight acres of gardens and woodland? Over the centuries successive Lords Warden have made their mark on Walmer’s landscape, creating the spectacular pleasure grounds that delight visitors today.Read the full history of Walmer’s gardens
How a major sea battle between the Dutch and the Spanish, in full view of Walmer Castle, revealed as much about the English navy as it did about its participants.
For a brief period the independent and charismatic Hester Stanhope was at the heart of British politics, living with her uncle, William Pitt the Younger, at Walmer Castle.
How the Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo and fashion icon, gave his name to the humble welly.
Public exposure of Lord Beauchamp’s sexuality led to a dramatic fall from grace in the 1930s. Read more about the man whose misfortunes inspired Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.
Explore the elegant residence that was once a Tudor fort, with its majestic sea views and eight acres of magnificent gardens and woodland.
Explore the highlights of a visit to Walmer Castle, from the kitchen garden to the delicious treats in the Lord Warden’s Tea Room.
Discover why we love Walmer so much, what makes the castle so special, and some ideas for things to do during a visit to the area.
Home to some of the most impressive historic sites in the country, Kent offers award-winning beaches, seaside towns and the famous White Cliffs.
The spacious two bedroomed Garden Cottage looks out onto the kitchen garden, which has supplied the castle with flowers, fruit and vegetables for almost three centuries.
This roomy, first floor apartment overlooks Walmer’s kitchen garden and the castle’s magnificent cloud hedge.
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.