Originally a Tudor fortress, Walmer Castle evolved into a stately-home for famous names from the Duke of Wellington to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Inside, our exhibits and collection bring to life Wellington’s career, and the story of his life and death. You can even see the original Wellington Boots.
Outside, discover new interpretation and displays among eight acres of award winning gardens and woodland, telling the story of Walmer’s gardens as never before.
Little adventurers will love the natural play trail, with hollow tree trunks to climb and giant nests to hide in. After a day of exploring, relax at the new Glasshouse Café, and enjoy afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of the kitchen garden.
Make sure to venture into the tranquil surroundings of the glen, a planted former chalk quarry accessible for the first time in over 100 years.