Walmer Castle and Gardens
An historic plan of the Glen at Walmer, dated 1857.

Re-Discovering Walmer's Pleasure Grounds

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £2.3m project is currently underway at Walmer, aiming to revive and reunite gardens begun by William Pitt the Younger and assisted by his niece, Lady Hester Stanhope. The rejuvenation of these historic pleasure grounds will be combined with significant improvements to our visitor facilities, and we are looking forward to the unveiling of this exciting project early in 2019.

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 Walmer Timeline

1539–41Invasion threat

Faced with an alliance between Spain, France and the Pope, Henry VIII commissions a chain of defences from Hull to Milford Haven.

1539–40Three Artillery Castles

Henry builds castles on the Kent coast, including three at Sandown, Deal and Walmer. More than 1,400 workmen complete building works in 18 months.

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