Walmer Castle and Gardens
Walmer Castle and Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea. Explore eight acres of magnificent gardens, woodland, and sea views. Explore the castle with the new multimedia guide, and come and see the original Wellington Boots. Take time to relax in the tearoom too and enjoy the food using produce from the gardens.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Steven W
    England, United Kingdom80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    Nice English Heritage castle & grounds on the Kent coast a short drive from Deal. This 16th century Tudor coastal fort is fully intact & refurbished as a residence of the Warden of the Cinque Ports. So it’s part fort, part country mansion & there are some interesting artefacts & a small museum across several rooms dedicated to the Duke of Wellington who died here in the 1850s. The real attraction here though are the great gardens & woodland trails with childrens play features scattered in the woods & sunken quarry gardens. There are two cafe eating areas, a picnic area ,toilets & a new education room facility. A very pleasant place to spend half a day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Lizzie Axton
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Worth A Visit
    A very interesting historical castle and the volunteer staff all very helpful and informative. There is a bedroom where Queen Victoria slept in on one of her visits.The cafe is very good especially for jacket potatoes and salads. The gardens are well maintained and a ‘special’ is the tropical plants in the hothouse. Visitors can go down steps and walk around the grassed moat which is also planted up. Another attraction is a further part where steps lead you down to a large dell where there are large trees and paths and logs laid out almost like an adventure playground. Not suitable for pushchairs but older children would enjoy. At the top are several original cannons with plenty of chairs to sit on and look out at the sea.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Roseizz
    Hitchin, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit
    Lovely walk along sea front from Deal to Walmer castle, found it very interesting to see difference from purely military Deal castle to one lived in and converted over time. Gardens beautiful. Well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 16 June 2023
  • JuneBug1939
    Weston super Mare, United Kingdom4,598 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    16th Century coastal fort
    Beautifully maintained castle, devoted in lots of ways to the Duke of Wellington who defeated the enemy at the Battle of Waterloo. In his study, there is his camp bed which he took everywhere with him (even No. 10 Downing Street when he became Prime Minister after his soldiering had finished), plus the chair in which he died! There is also his writing desk which could be raised to alleviate his bad back! Amazing! The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The grounds are also very beautiful and interesting. The Queen Mother's Rose Garden is a sight to see. We had tea in a lovely little cafe in one of the greenhouses. We fed a very tame robin which followed us. What a fabulous day at Walmer Castle! Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • David T
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to learn here is the Duke of Wellington is your hero
    One of Henry the Eighths many fortifications around the south coast. The inside of the house is very interesting as it has a lot of original Duke of Wellington artefacts and history which I wasn't aware of. He died there. The grounds are well kept and lovely- what is unique about Walmer is how much of the interior is original, in other words it hasn't been reconstructed as is the case with many other NT and EH places. For example Wellingtons boots are there + the chair he died in.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • S R
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day out
    Lovely day out. Beautiful gardens and well laid out woodland walk, including play areas for the children. There was a very helpful and informative gentleman in the house itself and I appreciate the way he was with my young children.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Kirstie A
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Volunteer Staff
    The castle has some great exhibits & history both long ago & quite recent. The gardens are lovely & you could easily be entertained for an afternoon. However, what makes this experience great was the volunteer guides. They had so much interesting information about Walmer castle, the guides were chatty, friendly & willing to give you a talk about lots of things inside the castle, their delivery of these talks was great, not stiff & informal but more warm, like you were having a chat. We found this style of talk much more interactive & informative. Thank you to the staff at Walmer Castle for such a great visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • SnapsUK
    Kent, United Kingdom69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always love the gardens, the room attendant was a pain!
    Always pleasant here, beware of wasps in August! Have been visiting for many years love the gardens, the 'keyhole' in the vista has been re-instated in the trees to the west, plenty of colour in the gardens. Got pestered by a room attendant who would not get the message to just leave me to look myself. Imparted wrong historical information regarding the Iron Duke, I knew more than he did, I had to walk off!! Spoilt the house visit entirely.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Chris L
    Northampton, United Kingdom412 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens
    We visited Walmer castle after a visit to Dover and it was a surprisingly interesting place, we had also planned to visit Deal castle which is a few mins away but would have spent longer here as more to see. The castle has a few state rooms to look at and exhibits about the Duke of Wellington which we didn't realise. Gardens were very nice and they have a couple of small play areas too which was good as we had younger kids with us, they had activity books as well. Overall a lovely place to explore and hadn't realised the late Queen mother used to visit often.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • S17London
    London, United Kingdom180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walmer Castle is wonderful!
    The castle is full of interesting items and info about Duke of Wellington. The grounds are stunning... full of beautiful and unusual plants particularly in the dry moat. I really liked seeing the kitchen garden in particular. Staff were very welcoming. Recommend stopping at the tea room for a hot drink and slice of cake. This is an English Heritage site - entry is free to EH members.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
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HEm88
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of my favourite English Heritage properties. The gardens are just gorgeous and so engaging for little ones with lovely natural play areas dotted all over. The interior is more akin to a stately home - for a more ‘castle-ish’ experience head to Deal Castle just down the road.

Lovely staff, great Easter trail, all in all very good :)
Written 4 April 2024
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Sally P
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Saved this visit till 23rd to ‘get in the Christmas mood’ but, although the lights were nice they were def not ‘festive’. No ‘Christmas’ lights perhaps considered too tacky but that’s what families want to see! Have seen better displays at private houses. No Christmas music. £1.50 for a large marshmallow on a stick to toast on the fire pit. £28.50 for 4 Baileys hot chocolates! The only place it was Christmassy was in the gift shop! At £30 a time I think more of an effort should be made. Back at Elf express at Quex next year, that is definitely worth it!
Written 24 December 2023
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Zo
Deal, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and I were looking forward to the Walmer Castle Christmas light trail. What an absolute let down. Queued for twenty minutes to get in, on the way around there were long queues for photo opportunities, long queues for the food and drink stalls which also were extortionate prices. Lights were very sparse. They let far too many book. Not very well signposted either. I do not recommend this at all.
Written 22 December 2023
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Jackett
Longfield, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Do not book the Christmas lights at the castle ! they cancelled on us with no warning. We drive 50 miles to be turned away at the gate. Terrible communication on how to get a refund they sent an email to reschedule but I didn’t want to chance driving 50 miles again for them to cancel last minute. There were also alot of comments from others who had experienced the same thing happen on a different date to ours, so seems a regular occurrence. You face the disappointment of a last minute cancellation, travel costs and a long wait for your refund. Avoid at all costs and book one of the better organised Christmas light trails such as Hever or Leeds Castle.
Written 19 December 2023
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David T
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
After last year's disappointing experience, we gave Christmas at Walmer Castle another try this year and we were impressed. The whole light and sound show was much, much better and was well thought out. The music seemed to match the light installations perfectly and there were more and better food outlets. Parking was also better organised with staff directing cars where to go and crossing the road into the castle was much safer, with staff halting traffic. We recommend Christmas at Walmer Castle.
Written 19 December 2023
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emily s
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Bit disappointed we went to the Christmas lights, booked for 4pm £60 for two adults, we had to queue for half an hour to get in as they had technical issues then once in we did buy a nice mulled hot drink as we was freezing.
Half way around there was a fire pit where you could toast marshmallows, it was £1.50 for one marshmallow on a stick which should’ve been included considering the price we paid but it was the 20/30 minute queue to get a marshmallow which was a bit of a pain. We just felt the lights were underwhelming and not very magical, I thought there would be some sort of light show for the price. Hoping it can improve next year ☹️
Written 5 December 2023
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Black B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to the Wamer Christmas lights like we did last year, as we had a wonderful time and my disabled friend had access to a motorised scooter so they felt much more independent. But this year for the price, the lights were underwhelming. I mean they had bigger lights, but they were far and few together so most of the the time it was just lights shining on the trees. But the worst part I felt incredibly annoyed about was that we weren't allowed a motorised scooter this year as they said and I quote "the boss has decided not to use them this year" but they had wheelchairs available but they were absolutely terrible. They need to get "The boss" to use their wheelchairs around that place I had incredible trouble even getting the wheelchair through the start! Imagine if this was an elderly couple!
Written 2 December 2023
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Bargeegirl
West Sussex, UK676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lovely gardens, even in autumn. The gardens are the main part of this castle. Enjoy a stroll in the woodland, with lots for the kids to play on. The glen is a must, very quiet and tranquil with lots of ferns. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views. The castle has had some leak issues, so many rooms shut off, with only a few rooms upstairs open, but interesting exhibition about Wellington. The parking is across the road and £3.
Written 19 November 2023
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Betts95
Sevenoaks, UK388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a lovely visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens. We didn't go around the house but we really enjoyed walking around the gardens and grounds! We'd definitely recommend a visit when visiting Deal. It's less than 10 minute drive from Deal town centre or a 30 minute walk along the seafront.
Written 3 November 2023
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bill r
Bath, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A lovely couple of hours spent,the staff were very helpful (I am disabled) so a back gate was opened to let me in.A nice and well informed lady showed us around.Nice coffee and excellent sausage roll in the cafe (Sadly the restaurant was shut,due to staff shortages)
Written 2 November 2023
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