Things to See and Do
Living room with window in the background, green patterned wallpaper, a fireplace to the left and four armchairs

Lord Warden's Apartment

Explore the private rooms of the Lord Warden for the first time and see where the Queen Mother stayed during her visits to Walmer Castle.

Added during the tenure of Lord Granville to accommodate his family, the rooms were originally used as spaces for the children, governess and servants. It was separated into an apartment during the tenure of Sir Robert Menzies (Lord Warden 1966-1978) to allow the main part of the castle to remain open to the public while he was in residence. It has since welcomed the two succeeding Lord Wardens; Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Admiral of the Fleet Lord Michael Boyce.

Go behind-the-scenes of a private space within the castle and discover stories of the families who lived here.  

The Lord Warden’s Apartment can only be accessed via a tight spiral staircase. Queues to enter the apartment may occur during busy times.

Please click here for more accessibility information.

Tudor Tours

Join us for daily Tudor Tours, guided by our knowledgeable volunteers. Discover the extensive surviving Tudor parts of the castle, including the gloomy and atmospheric 'rounds' which are underneath the castle and are now open for the first time in many years.

You will learn how this castle functioned, who lived there and why it is such an important historical survival.

The tour lasts for an hour and a half. The tours are free, however they are on a first come, first served basis so we recommend arriving early. Ten people can join each tour. For access information, please click here.

Broadwalk Garden

Enjoy the replanted herbaceous borders in the Broadwalk Garden, unveiled in 2016 following a four-year restoration programme. See the seasonal highlights in the garden.

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.

Kitchen Garden

Explore our range of fruit and vegetables 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

Enjoy the tranquil setting of the Queen Mother's Garden as she did while here at Walmer Castle. See the seasonal highlights in the 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 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. 

The recreated Wellington Room at Walmer Castle

Wellington Room

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 and the room looks just like it did when he lived here. The room is 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.

Wellbeing at Walmer

At Walmer Castle and Gardens, we offer a wide range of therapeutic wellbeing activities to suit individuals of all ages and abilities. Set against the backdrop of our beautiful gardens and seaside estate, take part in activities such as yoga, meditation, Shinrin Yoku, and mindful walking, among many other activities that can help enrich your life both physically and mentally.

The idea of good health by the English seaside has been longstanding - in the mid-18th century, Walmer Castle was becoming a comfortable and secluded retreat for its Lords Warden, while retaining its role as a fort. William Pitt the Younger, a former prime minister and warden, delighted in the calm of Walmer.

Through Wellbeing at Walmer, English Heritage hopes to bring the restorative peace and beauty of the gardens, as experienced by Pitt over two hundred years ago, to all those who wish to benefit from them.

A flower arrangement in the new Glasshouse Cafe.

Tea Room and Glasshouse Café

Enjoy a tasty treat in in the Lord Warden's tea room and 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 cream teas in the beautiful setting of the gardens themselves.

Second-hand Book Shop

Searching for your next good book to get lost in? We have the perfect solution. Visit our volunteer-run second-hand book shop in the castle basement. From internationally bestselling novels to books on horticulture and history, there’s something to suit everyone. Feeling adventurous? Pick up one of our wrapped mystery books and discover whole new worlds of possibility.

All proceeds from the book shop go into the restoration and running of Walmer Castle and Gardens, so you can help us care for this amazing site while indulging your love of books. We've got lots of perfect reading spots in our stunning grounds, so why not pop in and have a browse?

Walk to Deal Castle

Walk to Sandown Castle

If you have time why not take a walk or cycle along the seafront to Sandown Castle? Like Walmer it was built by order of Henry VIII and is one of a chain of 'Device' coastal forts built locally, including Deal Castle, Camber Castle, and Sandgate.

Download our walking map

RHS Courses

Walmer Castle and Gardens is proud to be an RHS Approved Centre, offering RHS Level 2 qualifications in Practical Horticulture and the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. Our students have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications in the unique surroundings of Walmer Castle's Grade II listed gardens, with additional learning taking place in the historic Captain's Garden at Deal Castle.

Our courses are often incredibly popular, so to be the first to hear about new opportunities, join our mailing list by emailing

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