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What to see and do in and near Walmer
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Walmer Castle Memorial Bandstand Deal Pier Deal Castle Deal Timeball
Deal Maritime and Local History Museum Walmer Paddling Pool Walmer Jubilee Mosaic Linden Hall Studio
Kent MOMI Betteshanger Country Park The Salutation, Sandwich White Mill, Sandwich
Samphire Hoe Dover and Dover Castle Langdon Cliffs The Pines Gardens
Cycle routes Local walks Deal Greeters East Kent attractions  
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Walmer Castle (photo: Harold Wyld) Walmer Castle
Built as one of a line of coastal forts by Henry VIII as protection against feared invasion, Walmer Castle is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. It is normally open to the public from March to October.
The castle features links to many famous men and women - including the Duke of Wellington, retailing magnate W H Smith and the late Queen Mother. Superb gardens, tea and gifts shops and special events throughout the year all help to make the castle a top visitor attraction.
More details of Walmer Castle, opening times, admission charges and events, see: English Heritage website.
More Walmer Castle
photoson WalmerWeb.
For further photos of Walmer Castle, see the Castle Facts website.
Deal Memorial Bandstand (photo: Harold Wyld) Memorial Bandstand
The Deal Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green is the venue for free band concerts most Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. It was built in 1992 as a memorial to the 11 people killed in the IRA bombing of the town's Royal Marines Barracks on 22 September 1989.
Operation of the Bandstand and organisation of the concerts is by the voluntary members of a charitable trust.
For a history of the Bandstand CLICK HERE.
For dates of concerts, see coming events.
For photos of the Bandstand and seafront CLICK HERE.
Deal Pier (photo: Harold Wyld) Deal Pier
Although not in Walmer, Deal Pier is well worth the short walk along the promenade. It was designed by Sir W. Halcrow and Partners and opened on 19 November 1957 by Prince Phillip.

Constructed predominantly from concrete-clad steel, it is 1026ft (311m) in length (a notice states that it is the same length as the RMS Titanic, but that ship was just 882 feet in length) and offers popular facilities for anglers, refreshments and, not least, a fine view of the Deal and Walmer seafronts.
For more details, see these websites: Deal Pier and
Dover Council (Deal Pier).
Deal Castle (photo: Harold Wyld) Deal Castle
On the northern-most boundary of Walmer parish, Deal Castle is another of Henry VIII's coastal fortresses. Open to the public throughout the year.
For more details of Deal Castle, opening times, admission charges and events, see: English Heritage website.
There are more Deal Castle photos and more on the castle's history on DealWeb.
Deal Maritime Museum Deal Maritime and Local History Museum
The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum at 22 St Georges Road, Deal CT14 6BA ( 01304 372098 ; e-mail: ) was founded in 1972 and is administered by a charitable trust with the aim of preserving local maritime heritage.
Exhibits include the Saxon King (the last of the Deal Galleys) \nd many ships models (including the Cutty Sark).
Also on display are colourful figureheads and numerous pictures, prints and memorabilia of the famous Deal Boatmen, the Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown lifeboat crews and of the Royal Marines stationed at Deal for over 300 years. website: www.dealmuseum.co.uk
Timeball Tower, Deal (photo: Harold Wyld) Deal Timeball Tower
Located on Deal seafront, the Timeball Tower provides a working example of a once vital means for ships off the Deal coast to accurately set their chronometers. The ball on the roof would drop at exactly 1pm every day.
Today's building now houses a museum, run by Deal Museum Trust.
As a visitor attraction, the timeball drops every hour between 9am and 5pm during the summer months. Museum displays include communications, semaphore and signalling. For opening and further details, see: www.dealtimeball.co.uk.
Jubilee mosaic wall (photo: Harold Wyld) Jubilee Mosaic
The Mosaic Wall on Walmer seafront close to the Paddling Pool was created to celebrate HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. The arts project involved local schools and many members of the local community. For more information: see photo album and brief history.
Seafront paddling pool (photo: Harold Wyld) Walmer Seafront Paddling Pool
Situated between the beach and The Strand, Walmer, this popular leisure facility comprises a paddling pool for children of 10 years and under, changing accommodation, toilets and a refreshment kiosk.
Normal opening times: 10am to 6pm, mid-May to mid-September. For more details, see: Your Leisure (Walmer Paddling Pool).
Linden Hall Studio (photo: Linden Hall) Linden Hall Studio
32 St George's Road, Deal CT14 6BA,
Opened in November 2014, Linden Hall Studio holds regular exhibitions showing the best of contemporary British Art including painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Gallery opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays: 11am–4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). For more information, see: http://lindenhallstudio.co.uk.
Kent-MOMI (photo: Kent-MOMI) Kent Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI)
41 Stanhope Road, Deal
Kent-MOMI museum features a collection of cinema and pre-cinema artefacts including a large collection of magic lanterns, substantial archives of film memorabilia and a library of over 2,000 books on film and cinematography. It also serves as a centre for research. The owners anticipate it will open to the public in autumn 2015. See: https://www.facebook.com/KentMOMI/
Betteshanger Country Park (photo: Rob Riddle) Betteshanger Country Park
Originally called Fowlmead Country Park, it opened in May 2007. The 120-hectare park and nature reserve has been created on land formerly part of the Betteshanger Colliery.
It features first-class cycling and horse riding facilities and extensive landscaping with woodland, lakes, open areas and walking trails. It is open every day of the week, 9am-6pm (closes 4.30pm in winter). The entrance is off the A258 Deal-Sandwich road, a mile north of Deal. For more details see www.betteshangercountrypark.co.uk or call 07824 569181.

Walking and Cycling
Cycling on the Saxon Shoreway at Walmer (photo: Harold Wyld) Cycle routes and services
A selection of cycle routes
in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area. Includes: National Cycle Route 1 from Dover to Deal; National Cycle Route 1 from Deal to Sandwich; the Sandwich Way Route 15; the Miners' Cycle Trail and the Skylark Trail. For more information, contact White Cliffs Countryside Project, or fax: 01304 241806 or see website: www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/ activities/cycle.htm
Heritage Trail
The Maritime Heritage Trail charts the nautical history of the Kent and Medway coasts. It suggests a number of cycling and walking routes including one from Dover to Sandwich. For routes and information see: www.maritimeheritagetrail.co.uk.
Cycle Routes
Detailed cycle routes. For door-to-door cycle routes as well as extensive advice on public transport and car journeys in the UK, see Transport Direct.
Kingsdown Beach (photo: Harold Wyld) Walks
Circular downland and coastal walk
(2.2 miles) from Walmer Castle and including Hawkshill Freedown, Kingsdown and the Saxon Shore way coastal path. Features extensive clifftop views of the English channel, the French coast and the Isle of Thanet.
For a description and map of the route (PDF file): https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/...    
White Clffs ramblers Local Walks in Deal and Walmer.
Maps and directions for several local walks including: Deal Pier to Sandwich (5 miles), a 6-mile circular walk from Deal Pier, Deal Pier to St Margaret's Bay (6 miles) and a 2.2-mile circular walk from Walmer Castle. For details, see: www.deal.gov.uk/Deal-TC/local_walks-13592.aspx
Deal Society blue plaque Blue Plaque Walks.
Walks linking blue wall plaques installed by The Deal Society and recording famous people associated with Deal and Walmer. Download walk guides at: www.thedealsociety.org.uk/home/about-deal/73-blue-plaque-walks
Discovering Britain Walk: Invasion Coast.
A six-mile walk exploring the changing coastline between Walmer and Deal. Details, map and downloadable route guide: www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/south-east-england/walmer-and-deal.html
Footpaths Map
Interactive Footpath Map for Kent.
A detailed map of footpaths for all the county. Lets you plan and print out a route.
http://webapps.kent.gov.uk/KCC.ExploreKent....Default.aspx
 
Walking In Kent
Walking In Kent - on-line advice on walking in the county - www.walkinginkent.co.uk 
A free service
to help visitors
explore Deal
Deal Greeters
As part of Kent Greeters, the Deal Greeters provide a free service to take small groups of up to five visitors around Deal for up to two hours to tell them about the town, its features and history. The local Greeters are all volunteers who love to share their enthusiasm for the town.
To book, call 0750 008 0076, giving as much notice as possible. More details: www.kentgreeters.co.uk.

Further afield...
The Salutation Gardens (photo: Harold Wyld) Salutation Garden, Sandwich
Re-opened to the public in May 2007 following extensive replanting, the three-and-a-half acre gardens of The Salutation were originally created in 1912 by renowned architect Edwin Lutyens and gardener Gertrude Jekyll.
The magnificent house, also the work of Lutyens, provides a splendid backdrop to a series of formal and informal areas, faithfully restored to Lutyens and Jeykyll's original plans. Open early April to end October, Mondays - Fridays, 10am-4.30pm. 01304 619919.
website:
www.the-salutation.com.
Samphire Hoe (photo: Rob Riddle) Samphire Hoe
Nature reserve
created on new land formed by spoil from digging the Channel Tunnel. Access from the A20 between Dover and Folkestone. Parking and information centre.
website: www.samphirehoe.com/uk/home/
The White Mill, Sandwich White Mill, Sandwich
White Mill Rural Heritage Centre
, The Causeway, Ash Road, Sandwich features collections of domestic, craft and agricultural items with photographs of Victorian life in the Sandwich area. The windmill was built in 1760 and still has original wooden machinery.
websites:
www.whitemill-sandwich.co.uk/
and www.aboutbritain.com/WhiteMill RuralHeritageCentre.htm
01304 612076
Dover (photo: Rob Riddle) Dover and Dover Castle
In Dover, seen here from the Downs to the north-west of the town, visitor attractions include:
Dover Museum with its 3000-year-old Bronze Age boat.

Crabble Corn Mill, Lower Road, River, Dover.- one of the most complete working examples of a Georgian watermill in Europe, rescued from demolition and opened to the public in 1990. Information: 08701 453857, website: www.ccmt.org.uk/

Roman Painted House, New Street, Dover - the finest Roman House on show in Britain was built about 200AD and formed part of a large mansion or "hotel" for travellers crossing the Channel.
In 270AD it was demolished by the Roman army during the construction of a fort, although three of its main rooms were buried intact only to be re-discovered in 1970. 01304 203279 website: http://romans-in-britain.org.uk/

Dover Castle claims to have the longest recorded history of any major castle in Britain. Visitor attractions include: audio-visual recreation of medieval life in the fortress, the World War II underground control centre and stunning views from the battlements.
website:
www.english-heritage.org.uk/
Dover Castle
Dover Castle tower (photo: Rob Riddle)
Langdon Cliffs (photo: Dot Hardy) Langdon Cliffs
Langdon Cliffs - popular cliff-top recreational area, just north of Dover. With excellent views of Langdon Bay, the Channel and shipping from the Port of Dover.
Operated by the National Trust; currently closed to vehicles overnight from 5.30pm.
websites: www.dover-kent.co.uk/places/langdon_ cliffs.htm
and National Trust White Cliffs information
Pines Garden labyrinth (photo: Rob Riddle) Pines Garden, St Margaret's Bay
A six-acre garden on Beach Road, St Margaret's, near Dover. Set on the lower slopes of the South Foreland white cliffs, it features a cascade and lake, grass labyrinth, roundhouse shelter for picnics and visitor centre.
Open daily 10am-5pm, all year. The neighbouring St Margaret's Museum houses items of maritime and local history, a tearoom and gift shop. Open Easter and May bank holidays and daily (except Mondays and Tuesdays) end-May to early-September. 01304 852764. website: www.baytrust.org.uk.
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      This page was updated on August 3, 2015