most people would consider the Walmer of today a relatively
quiet mainly residential seaside town, it certainly had a
Caesar and his legions are said to have first landed on
Walmer beach in 55BC. Ruins around the old St Mary's Church,
in the original Walmer Village area, are linked to the Norman
Conquest and the Auberville family who came with the invasion.
Following his quarrel
with the Pope and fearful of invasion, Henry VIII ordered
the building of the 'Three Castles which keep The Downs' -
Deal, Walmer and Sandown - in 1540. In the Civil War, they
were taken by Cromwell, within 13 days.
Castle and its beautiful formal
gardens are a major attraction for visitors. The official
residence of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports since the 18th
Century, the building is now an English Heritage property
and features a collection of memorabilia of the Duke of
Wellington, of Battle of Waterloo fame, who made Walmer
his home for 23 years.
As part of the long-distance
Saxon Shore Way, the unspoilt shingle beach
is especially popular with walkers and cyclists, taking advantage
of an extensive hard-surfaced promenade. Excellent views of
Channel shipping and the coast of France, the prospect of
free summertime band concerts and a range of services on The
Strand are among the other attractions.
Walmer's close neighbour,
the town of Deal, provides excellent shopping and leisure
facilities. For many visitors, exploring the picturesque rows
of cottages between the High Street and the seafront is a
special delight. Deal also has one of the south-east's few
remaining piers, popular with anglers and said to be the same
length as the Titanic!