New for 2019
An exciting project has been completed at Walmer, offering so much more for you to enjoy on your visit. Explore new displays and tactile interpretation, discover the freshly built natural play trail, or relax in a brand new Glasshouse Café.
Restored paths and planting in the historic glen is also now accessible for the first time in over 100 years, bringing to life the tranquil atmosphere once described by Lady Hester Stanhope, Pitt’s Niece.
Things to See and Do
Experience the gardens in a new light as you explore newly-restored, previously-inaccessible areas of the grounds as well as brand new interpretation throughout the castle's award winning landscape.
Relax in our new sunken Glen garden, and wander through restored woodland paths. Discover new panels and tactile displays exploring the work of the gardeners and showcasing what's growing in the Kitchen Garden.
Explore the Castle
Explore the castle with a multimedia guide, and hear previously untold stories of the castle and famous residents from its history.
Discover the Duke of Wellington in his role as Lord Warden, and explore exhibits covering his career, life story and the iconic 'celebrity' status he attained during and after his lifetime. Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, also lived here, and at this time organized opposition to Napoleon Bonaparte. Find out how he orchestrated England's defenses against invasion, as well as beginning the landscaping of the castle's grounds.
With the backdrop of the undulating cloud yew hedge, the double borders are full of colour throughout the summer months. The colour and planting scheme is inspired by the influential British horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
The flat Kent coastline is frequently blasted by salty winds from the English Channel, yet protected by the castle and garden walls, the gardens flourish here.
See where the fruit and vegetables for the tearoom are grown and maybe pick up some ideas for your own garden or allotment.
The Kitchen Garden has grown produce for the castle for nearly 300 years. We use complementary planting methods and grow all the cut flowers here for the castle arrangements. See the seasonal highlights in the garden.
Step inside the adjacent greenhouses bursting with colour in all seasons. Nearby the moat garden also provides a great safe space for children to explore.
Queen Mother's Garden
The Queen Mother was Lord Warden for 23 years, and this contemporary garden was created in honour of her 95th birthday. The Queen Mother declared, "I have been given many presents before, but never a garden."
Nearby, the gardens have plenty more to offer. Explore the mature trees of the woodland walk, a haven for spring snowdrops, and autumn leaves. On the Oval Lawn, take time to read a book, or play with the giant garden games in the summer.
Natural Play Trail
Young explorers will enjoy letting off steam as they discover our new natural play trail along the woodland walk. They'll love climbing into hollow tree trunks and giant nests, crossing wobbly bridges, conquering climbing nets and gazing up through the trees on leaf-shaped sky seats. They can even learn about wildlife by spotting sculptures of woodland birds dotted around the trail. Created by master designers Studio Hardie, the beautifully crafted play pieces complement the woodland landscape and let children take delight in the glorious outdoors.
Feel the Duke of Wellington's spirit living on in the bedroom. You can see the armchair in which he died and his campaign bed in this room.
The Duke of Wellington spent 23 years at Walmer Castle. In this anniversary year of Waterloo come and see how the room would have looked when he lived here. This year the room is freshly refurbished and conserved, taking inspiration from an early painting the decor and ambiance is now even more authentic.
See highlights from the collection at Walmer Castle.
Tea Room and Glasshouse Café
You have seen where it's grown, now come and try some of our fresh produce in the Lord Warden's tea room and new Glasshouse Café. An always changing seasonal menu of snacks, lunches and home made cakes makes the tea room a perfect place to recharge after a stroll around the historic gardens, whilst the Glasshouse Café offers sandwiches, snacks and afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of the gardens themselves.
On select weekends in the season you can join us for Sunday lunch at Walmer, as we serve a traditional roast with all the trimmings alongside vegetarian/vegan options. Booking not essential, but can be made by calling the castle on 01304 364288 (Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm). Normal site admission applies.
Walk to Deal Castle
If you have time why not take a walk or cycle along the seafront to Deal Castle? Like Walmer it was built by order of Henry VIII and is one of a chain of 'Device' coastal forts built locally, including Camber, Sandgate and Sandown.
Plan your visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens today.