22nd June Visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens – Away Day
Recently the venue for the Antiques Roadshow, Walmer Castle was built during the reign of Henry VIII and is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. 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 . In recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, made regular visits to the castle.
The armchair in which Wellington died , a pair of the original “Wellington boots” and rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights of the castle. Together with the magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and excellent bird spotting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
After coffee on arrival we shall be divided into two groups to be given consecutive guided tours of the castle lasting approximately an hour.
For the remainder of the time you are free to explore the gardens and the woodland walk and buy lunch and tea in the restaurant which offers quite an extensive menu. We aim to head home at 4.30.
Date: Friday, 22nd June 2018
Boarding time and place:
a) 8.45am – High St., Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.00am – Ewell Rd., Surbiton – “Telephone Exchange” bus stop
Cost: £31.00 per person (includes coach, entry fee, coffee, guide and tip)
£21.20 per person if member of English Heritage( bring membership card with you)
If you would like to join this visit, please complete the enclosed application form and send it – together with your cheque payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) – to: Sheila Evans, 8, Maple Leaf House, 67-69, Maple Rd., Surbiton. KT6 4AG – Tel. 0203 602 6245
If you do not give an email address, written clearly please, then include a self addressed stamped envelope.