to See in 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
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: www.dealmuseum.co.uk
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:
Pier and Dover
Council (Deal Pier).
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:
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: www.kentgreeters.co.uk.
|Walmer - Deal's
to see and do in Walmer CLICK
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
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. http://webapps.kent.gov.uk/KCC.ExploreKent.Web.Sites.Public/Default.aspx
Walking In Kent - on-line advice on walking in the county
Includes the following local walks at www.walkinginkent.co.uk/deal.htm:
- 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
for things to see and do in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.
Includes details of festivals and events.