Private Guided Tour of Walmer Castle
Guided Tour | Walmer Castle
Friday 19 June 2015 - 13:30
Over the winter, English Heritage has been carrying out a transformation of Walmer Castle, preparing to tell new, previously untold, stories. Built during the reign of King Henry VIII and originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences, it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years and Walmer Castle was his principal summer and autumn residence between 1829 and 1852, the year in which he died at Walmer.
This event will be just one day after the 200th anniversary of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon Bonaparte on 18 June 1815. The Queen Mother was the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports for many years and often stayed at the castle.
The group will have a private tour of the Castle and will also be able to explore the magnificent gardens, laid out by Lady Hester Stanhope, niece of William Pitt, who lived in the castle from 1792 until 1805.
This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.