Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit

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.
  • Shop – The castle shop will be open, with a one way system in place to help guide you.
  • Playgrounds - The play trail is now open for visitors to enjoy. The majority of equipment is avaialble, with a small number of items remaining closed for outstanding works. Items closed are the 'look out tower' installation, climber nets and one tree trunk installation.
  • 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, tea room and 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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An old map that can be seen at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin


Go to our Directions page and plan your journey to Walmer Castle and Gardens by car or public transport.

You will find parking information, post code for sat nav, and our address at the bottom of the page.


Find out what Facilities are available for your day out.

Here you can find out everything you need to know about parking, toilets and shopping at Walmer Castle and Gardens as well as other useful information.


Look up Access information for your visit. We have detailed information about what to expect if you have particular needs regarding:

  • Mobility/Older Visitors
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Culinary/Dietary,
  • Health and Safety.

Group Visits

Find out what you need to know for Group Visits.

Look up what discounts there are for groups, as well as how to book your group visit, and see information about tours that may be available.

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