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Welcome to the Yourcounty Walmer Castle page. It's one of the many historical attractions in the Dover area. We welcome your comments if you've visited this attraction or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. For more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.
Walmer is one of three castles built in close proximity along the Kent coast from Deal to Walmer, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Sandown Castle. Sandown Castle is no more than a ruin, by contrast Deal Castle and Walmer Castles have survived almost intact to the present day. These magnificent fortifications were built by Henry the VIII during 1539-1540 to replace the wooden structures previously there. Each castle was built to a Tudor Rose design, the emblem of the house of Tudor.
Walmer Castle is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Today largely a ceremonial role, many famous people have served as the Lord Warden since the castle was built, Arguable the best known was the Duke of Wellington, who held the title from 1829 until 1852 when he died at Walmer Castle. Some of furniture still remains in the private apartments he and the other Lord Wardens use and can be viewed when the castle is open (except when the Lord Warden is in residence). In more recent times Winston Churchill and Her Majesty the Queen Mother also held the position.
The castle is a wonderful example of 16th century military fortification, the gardens are also well worth a visit. On the ramparts the cannons are still in place keeping guard against invasion and on a clear day you can see across the channel to France. In good weather you can visit the Castle, then cross the road and spend some time of the adjacent beach.
There is a regular programme of events, visit the English Heritage website for more information.
5 November - 22 November
23 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Audio tours are available, this venue (or parts of it) are available for private events and corporate hire and civil wedding ceremonies. The gardens are exceptionally beautiful, it is possible to rent holiday cottages at the Castle, there is on site parking and a restaurant, gift shop, tea room and toilets.
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