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Walmer Castle (Walmer, United Kingdom)

Like its near neighbours Deal, Camber and the now vanished Sandown castles, Walmer was built in the 1530s by Henry VIII who was expecting an invasion from the continent. It shares the distinctive clover-leaf shape which helped defend against canon balls and provided gun platforms for return fire. Defence remained important along the south coast over the centuries, and Walmer was regularly garrisoned. It owes it excellent state of repair today, however, to its becoming the official residence of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports in 1706. Famous holders of this honorary post include the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. Wellington died here, and there is a display of his personal items. Lord Wardens over the years furnished the official rooms many of which can be visited. They also had extensive gardens laid out, notable for their yew hedges and herbaceous borders. The Queen Mother’s garden was created during her tenure and is particularly attractive. The castle is run by English Heritage. Opening hours vary through the year and details are available on the website, as are access facilities for the disabled. Allow about 2 hours for the visit, which is self-guided with an audio guide included in the entrance price. Refreshments and a shop are also on site.

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Walmer Castle , CT14 7LJ
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