The gardens have undergone a stunning transformation over a 4 year period of restoration and redesign, supported by the National Lottery’s ‘Parks for People Fund’ and Canterbury City Council. The Castle's garden team is seeking to recreate the 'Regency' style garden that Wynn Ellis favoured in the 1800s by replanting in colour blocks throughout the grounds. There are also the challenges of Kent clay and sea-facing winds to overcome, which means that plant selection is a challenge!
In the gardens you will see a large variety of established plants which have been grown here since the gardens were first laid out in the 1780’s. Some plants came from trips abroad by the owners of the house. Mature oak trees line the Gate House drive. The rose garden is planted with roses and other climbers, with beautiful scents filling the air as you wander under the pergola admiring the restored central fountain. On the lower terrace you will find borders filled with many varieties of plants. Seating is provided throughout to allow you to rest and take in the views and fresh sea air. Just a short walk from the main Castle is the Castle Tea Gardens, with lush herbaceous borders and terraced lawns, once again with glorious views out to sea across the Thames Estuary to the Isle of Sheppey and beyond, to the Essex coastline.
Whitstable Castle or Tankerton Towers as it was first called started life as a residence for the Pearson Family in the late 1790's
After a £2m development, today the Castle is manage by the Whitstable Castle Trust.
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