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Walmer Castle and Gardens, Walmer

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Experience the lifestyle of English royalty at Walmer Castle and Gardens, a former artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII. The fort consisted of a keep and four circular bastions surrounded by a moat, built to defend the strategically important coastal areas against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. In the 18th century the military fortification became a private residence with extensive landscaped gardens. In the early 20th century, the castle and its grounds opened to the public. Pick up an informative audio guide at the entrance, and stop at the tea room for some sandwiches and scones. Put Walmer Castle and Gardens into our Walmer trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 18, 2017
    As part of our "visit before we die" discovery of all those local places we have somehow failed to see in 40+ years living in Kent, we finally made it to Walmer Castle. I feel ashamed to admit that we...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The interior of the castle is beautifully maintained and there is a popular cafe/ restaurant. The garden is the best bit - we enjoyed Pimms on the lawn from the tent in one of the large garden spaces....  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The site is a nice and well maintained fortification. You can visit it with free audio guides in english, french, dutch,...  more »
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  • Lovely gardens complement stunning historic castle to make for a great place to visit as a family or as a couple. Well stocked tea room and shop. Audio guides available for visitors to enhance whole experience.
  • Beautiful historic building in well kept surroundings, that overlooks an equally beautiful pebble beach area. The location is famed for two reasons. Julius Caesar was said to have first set foot in England, here. Napoleon intended to invade England, here. A great day out.
  • Lovely tudor castle on the coast with fantastic views. Self guided audio guides are very informative. The gardens are beautiful with Tulips in spring and more to come as the summer arrives. Lovely space to spend a couple of hours and then you can have a walk along the beach to Deal Castle which is barely a mile away.
  • Lovely place to visit and plenty of history to see, electronic guides were great not one for the kids really though although there is a few things for them to do
  • Fantastic place, lovely gardens and friendly staff. We had a cream tea on the parapets it was lovely. Very nice day out!

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