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Walmer Castle and Gardens
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Another of Henry VIII's coastal fortifications, this castle was converted in 1708 into a residence for the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, a ceremonial honor dating back to the early middle ages. Made up of four round towers around a circular keep, the castle has sprawling lavender gardens with gorgeous ocean views. Among its famous lord wardens were William Pitt the Younger; the duke of Wellington, hero of the Battle of Waterloo, who lived here from 1829 until his death here in 1852 (a small museum contains memorabilia); and Sir Winston Churchill. The drawing and dining rooms are open to the public except when the lord warden is in residence. The castle is about a mile south of Deal.
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