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Walmer Castle and Gardens

  • A258 Map It
  • Deal
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

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 (1759–1806) and the Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), hero of the Battle of Waterloo, who lived here from 1829 until his death. A small museum, renovated in 2015, tells the story of his victory at Waterloo and contains a rather random selection of memorabilia, including an original pair of Wellington boots, which the duke is credited with inventing. Later wardens of the castle included 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.

Sight Information

Address:

A258, Deal, CT14 7LJ, England

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Phone:

01304-364288

Sight Details:

  • £8.20
  • Mar., weekends 10–4; Apr.–Sept., daily 10–4; Oct.–early Nov., Wed.–Sun. 10–4. Closed mid-Nov.–Feb.

Published 08/18/2015

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