Walmer Castle & Gardens


Type:Castle / Fort

Kingsdown Road, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ

Tel: +44 01304 364288

Walmer Castle & Gardens


This castle, now in the care of English Heritage, was built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII'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. See the Duke of Wellington's rooms and also the reception rooms of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Tearooms.

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 free public parking opposite the castle entrance.

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.

Book Tickets

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Walmer


  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Platinum Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Platinum 2023

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Closed when Lord Warden in residence.

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