to see and do in and near Walmer
On this page, you'll find details of....
Maritime and Local History Museum
|| White Mill, Sandwich
and Dover Castle
||The Pines Gardens
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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
More Walmer Castle photoson
For further photos of Walmer Castle, see the Castle
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
For dates of concerts, see coming
For photos of the Bandstand and seafront
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).
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
There are more Deal Castle photos and more on the castle's history
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
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.
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
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).
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:
11am4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). For more information,
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.
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
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/
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. For door-to-door
cycle routes as well as extensive advice on public transport and car
journeys in the UK, see
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/...
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
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
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
Footpath Map for Kent.
A detailed map of footpaths for all the county. Lets you plan and
print out a route.
In Kent - on-line advice on walking in the county - www.walkinginkent.co.uk
to help visitors
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
and Dover Castle
In Dover, seen here from the Downs to the north-west of the town,
visitor attractions include:
Museum with its 3000-year-old Bronze Age boat.
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/
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/
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.
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
Trust White Cliffs information
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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