Walmer Castle & Gardens

Explore eight acres of magnificent gardens, enjoy sea views, and explore the Lord Warden’s Historic Home.

Originally built by Henry VIII as a coastal defence castle, Walmer Castle later became the elegant residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

See the rooms where the Duke of Wellington the last 23 years of his life, and discover previously untold stories about the many well known former residents of the castle from Prime Minister William Pitt to Winston Churchill. Outside, see the tranquil bastion views across the beach and out to sea. The eight acres of gardens offer year round colour and variety, from the Queen Mother’s contemporary garden, to the herbaceous Broadwalk borders, the kitchen garden, greenhouses and woodland walk.

New for 2019, a project by English Heritage has reopened historic pleasure grounds first created by William Pitt the Younger, and opened new visitor facilities at the castle. Explore the planted former chalk quarry, the Glen, and admire the wildflower meadow, before relaxing at the brand new glasshouse cafe.

Opening Times

The castle is open daily throughout February half term (14-20 Feb), and Wed – Sun from 23 Feb  – 31 Mar.  It will be open daily April – October, and weekends in the winter.

For full up to date opening times and admission prices, please visit the English Heritage website.


For detailed access information, please visit the English Heritage website.

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