Walmer Castle © English Heritage

Walmer Castle and Gardens

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Walmer Castle Gardens - English HeritageThis castle, now in the care of English Heritage, was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences.

Centuries of domestic refinements have transformed it from a fortress to an elegant stately home with beautiful gardens.

It is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and has been home to an incredible range of characters.

See the original Wellington boots, stand where the Duke of Wellington died. Visit the rooms, including the reception rooms of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Explore the magnificent gardens including the Broadwalk Garden, kitchen garden, and contemporary Queen Mother's Garden before visiting the Lord Warden's Tearoom or the new Glasshouse Café. Find out more about the project to rediscover Walmer's lost pleasure grounds.

Visit the English Heritage website for a list of Events to be held at Walmer Castle & Gardens.


  • Access to castle: via cobbled and flagstone walkway and wooden drawbridge. Gatehouse and ground-floor rooms accessible via ramps. Easy flight of stairs to upper floor with handrail.
  • Gardens: main route from house is not practical but there is an alternative route using a side gate. Smooth grass and gravel paths within grounds.
  • Shop: level access.
  • Parking: Disabled passengers can be dropped off at castle entrance. Parking is available on site depending on the weather; otherwise there is a pay and display public car park opposite the castle entrance. Parking is free for English Heritage Members when displaying the English Heritage car park sticker in their car
  • Visually Impaired Visitors: Audio tour included in admission price. Please be aware there are changes in floor levels and dim lighting in the house.
  • Hearing Impaired Visitors: Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price. Script also available.

Opening Times and Prices

Please visit English Heritage website for details.



  • Walmer Castle & Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
  • See location on Google maps.
  • Map reference: TR 377501 Lat: 51.20063 Long: 1.40116
  • South of Walmer on A258.
  • Disabled passengers can be dropped off at castle entrance. Parking is available on site depending on the weather; otherwise there is free public parking opposite the castle entrance.
  • Parking : free
  • Accessible by Public Transport : Walmer Station