Things to See and Do

Things To See and Do

Re-Discovering Walmer's Pleasure Grounds

Made possible by a £1.35m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Re-discovering Walmer’s Pleasure Grounds project is set to restore two areas of Walmer’s award winning gardens formerly inaccessible to the public.

Paths and planting that existed during Pitt the Younger’s time as Lord Warden will be reinstated, evoking the atmosphere described by Lady Hester Stanhope, Pitt’s niece. Meanwhile the surrounding woodland will be re-presented to more closely resemble its historic layout and conserve the chalk downland meadow.

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Painting depicting the death of Wellington

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. 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.

A pair of Wellington's brown leather boots

Walmer Re-Imagined

Come and explore the re-imagined Walmer covering Wellington's career, life story and the iconic 'celebrity' status he attained during and after his lifetime. The displays have been created to mark the recent 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, lived here at the time he was organizing opposition to Napoleon Bonaparte. Find out how he orchestrated England's defenses against invasion, in the new displays.

Take a new look at Walmer, explore the castle with its new multimedia guide, and hear previously untold stories of the castle and its residents.

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

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

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.

Lord Warden's Tea Room

You have seen where it's grown, now come and try some of our fresh produce in the castle's tea room. Whatever the season, an always changing menu of seasonal treats, cakes, snacks and light lunches makes this is the perfect place to relax and recharge after a stroll around the historic gardens. You may also decide to take a drink up onto the Bastions where you can enjoy the views out across the English Channel.

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

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.

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