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Walmer Castle and Gardens

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Address: Kingsdown Road, Walmer CT14 7LJ, England
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea. Explore eight acres...

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.

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Lovely castle "home"

Another "round" castle by Henry VIII, though this one has been made into a beautifully comfortable home. Access to the "house" door was not clear, but we found it. Staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Buda, Texas
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another "round" castle by Henry VIII, though this one has been made into a beautifully comfortable home. Access to the "house" door was not clear, but we found it. Staff indicated that it was reported but nothing had made locating access easier yet. The tea rooms were lovely. There was a wonderful exhibit there of 8+ needlework/applique "pictures" of local... More 

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Wilhelmshaven, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to experience a well-kept piece of English Heritage - this is a place to visit! + one of the smaller English castles + set close to the coast/beach + easy to find + friendly staff + well-preserved interior (approx. half the castle is accessible to visitors, the other half is a private residence) + good information panels... More 

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Montesson, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We took advantage of a P&O 2 for 1 offer and were delighted with Walmer Castle. The audio guide was first class. This place has played a very important part in the history of England and is well worth a visit. Views are impressive as are the gardens. Probably better to visit when it's a few degrees warmer, but the... More 

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Shefford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Being used to many English Heritage properties being ruins finding this stately home in a castle was rather a surprise. The displays in the rooms are well laid out, with plenty of information to explain what was on display along with the history. The gardens are extensive and well kept. It was far bigger than I had expected and so... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

This is simply one of the better castles and grounds that Kent has to offer. The castle offers plenty to see with history , and the grounds are just a delight to meander around. You can take time out by sitting in a garden surrounded by flowers with a large fish pond at the center , or wonder the grounds... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Everything about this place is 'spot on' (apart from some gentle pressure - more than once - to join English Heritage when we are already Members). Each room is delightfully and authentically furnished, and well presented with an excellent easily operated, free audio guide tour to help. It is easy to imagine the great events which have taken place here... More 

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Rockingham, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Another one we visited using our overseas visitor pass. Because this castle has been in use it has a totally different feel to Dover and Deal Castles. It is beautifully presented and you can take your time wandering around all the beautifully presented rooms that have a relaxed air about them. Then you wander around the gardens. I could have... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We went here expecting it to be more like Deal Castle - an interesting fortified look-out but with not a great amount to see other than the building. How wrong we were. Walmer Castle is more of a castle-shaped stately home, and a four leaf clover shape at that! As it's the official home of the Warden of the Cinq... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

A lovely castle with loads if artifacts from the Lord wardens . The gardens are lovely and make a lovely walk. History from Henry 8th to modern

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Walmer Castle is interesting on its own because of its incredible history and location (you can look out over the English Channel and see France on a clear day) but the gardens are beautiful. If you time your visit properly, you might even listen to music in the garden during the day or a play being performed at night.

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