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coastal town of Deal in East Kent
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What to See in Deal
Deal Castle
Deal Castle (photo: Harold Wyld) Deal Castle is one of three fortresses built on Deal's coastline by Henry VIII as a defence against fears of French invasion. The other two were Sandown Castle (to the north of Deal and demolished many years ago) and Walmer Castle to the south. Built in the shape of a Tudor Rose, Deal Castle is surrounded by a dry moat. It is open to the public throughout the year.
Deal Maritime and Local History Museum
Deal Maritime Museum The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum at 22 St Georges Road, Deal CT14 6BA ( 01304 372098) 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), many ships models (including the Cutty Sark), 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.
Opening Times:
For details of opening times during the season April to October inclusive, please see the coming events listings on this website or visit the Museum's website: .
Deal Pier
CLICK for bigger photo of Deal Pier (photo: Harold Wyld) Deal Pier is often said to be the same length as the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic. But it is - at 1026ft (311m) - a bit longer; the Titanic was 882 feet in length. Designed by Sir W. Halcrow and Partners and opened on 19 November 1957 by HRH Prince Phillip, the current pier 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 Timeball Tower
Timeball Tower, Deal 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.
The building now houses a museum, run by Deal Museum Trust, and the ball descends every hour between 9am and 5pm during the summer months to provide a visitor attraction. Museum displays include communications, semaphore and signalling.
For opening times and further details, see the official website:
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. The service can be especially valuable for local residents who would like to help visiting friends and family discover Deal.
To book, call 0750 008 0076, giving as much notice as possible.
More details:
Walmer - Deal's coastal neighbour
  For things to see and do in Walmer CLICK HERE
Cycle routes
Cycling on the Saxon Shoreway at Walmer (photo: Harold Wyld) 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,
01304 201066 or see website:
Coastal Walk (photo: Harold Wyld) Interactive Footpath Map for Kent. A detailed map of footpaths and rights of way for all the county. Lets you plan and print out a route.
Walking In Kent - on-line advice on walking in the county -
Includes the following local walks at
  • Deal to Dover Rail Ramble - 8 miles;
  • Kingsdown walk 2 miles (a Kent County Council walk);
  • Sandwich walk - 3 miles;
  • Sandwich walk - 11.1 miles;
  • Walmer Castle walk (wheel and push-chair friendly) - 2 miles (a Kent County Council walk).
Web Links - other ideas for places to visit in East Kent
white cliffs logo Suggestions for things to see and do in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.
Includes details of festivals and events.
About Britain
More links to help you
plan a visit to Deal
coming events
eating out
tide times
visitor information centre
weather forecast
Quick links to Deal's
public transport services...
Bus and Coach Services
Details of bus and National Express coaches serving Deal with links to the operators' websites and timetables.
Car parking
Information on car parks and on-street parking in Deal with a link to Dover Council's parking services pages.
Links to South Eastern Trains website.
Sea and Air Travel
Links to cross-channel ferry and Eurotunnel services and to Kent International Airport at Manston.
Taxis and Hire Vehicles
Local taxi and hire car services for Deal and Walmer.
Street maps
Street plans for the Deal area.
Deal is one of the first towns in the south-east to gain Walkers are Welcome status, in recognition that it has something special to offer walkers. For more details, see the national Walkers Are Welcome website.
This page was updated on August 3, 2015
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