Walmer castle was originally built as a coastal artillery defense during King Henry VIII's reign. It later became the official residence of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and was also enjoyed for 23 years by The Duke of Wellington no less. In fact, the armchair in which the Duke died and a pair of his Wellington boots are some of the many artifacts on show at this fine Kent castle.
The Queen mother was also fond of Walmer Castle! With it's magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and excellent bird spotting opportunities, it's no wonder that the Queen mother made regular visits to the castle for her enjoyment.
The views out to sea from the bastions are magnificent and deck chairs are provided to encourage you to sit back and relax for a few moments and just soak up the scenery and breathe in the fresh coastal air.
For people with disabilities, there are wheelchairs and battery powered mobility scooters available, you just need to ask a member of staff for assistance. Ample free parking is provided and a packed gift shop is available to take home a keep sake.
The Lord Warden tea rooms serve hot and cold food and drinks and on a sunny day the tables outside in the courtyard make a lovely spot to enjoy your lunch.
This is a truly wonderful castle and one that we feel is overlooked somewhat. We at Let’s Visit would encourage you to pay a visit (especially on a sunny day) because this really is a great day out!