The nearest train station to Walmer Castle is Walmer, on the Kent Coast Line. Unless you're already based near Kent, you'll need to travel via London St Pancras International. There are two direct trains per hour, they take different routes - the departure at 37 minutes past the hour, travelling through Stratford International, is much quicker. From Walmer station, it's a 24-minute walk to Walmer Castle. Bus services 82 and 82A also run to the castle.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not always be available to assist - booking is recommended
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:30 - 11:00
Saturday 06:30 - 11:00
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Arrival screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces40
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£250.00
Three Monthly£125.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces12
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 1, subway end
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Suitable for wheelchair access. No step free interchange.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

About Walmer Castle and Gardens

Walmer Castle is an artillery fort built by Henry VIII in 1539-40. Walmer formed part of a chain of coastal defences, or Device Forts, to guard against Catholic French or Spanish invasion. Walmer is a characteristic example of Device Fort design, with a squat, circular central tower surrounded by outer bastions rather like the petals of a flower.

Walmer Castle saw action only once, in the English Civil War, when Parliamentarian forces besieged a Royalist garrison for four weeks. A lack of supplies forced the Royalists to surrender. In the early 18th century, Walmer became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Sandwich and Dover), and turned from fortress to family home. The Castle's most famous resident was the Duke of Wellington - made Lord Warden in 1829, he died at Walmer in 1852.

There is a Wellington Museum at Walmer, which has been redesigned to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and which wouldn't be complete without a pair of the famous 'Wellington' boots. There are also a number of elegant gardens to stroll around, and refreshments are available in the Lord Warden's Tea Room.

Departures and arrivals from Walmer

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Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern11:461On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern11:472On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern12:461On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern12:472On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern13:461On time
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from RamsgateSoutheastern11:461On time
from London Charing CrossSoutheastern11:472On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern12:461On time
from London Charing CrossSoutheastern12:472On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern13:461On time

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