Deal is a beautiful seaside town that has plenty to do for the entire family. There are shops, markets, castles and more, all within walking distance! If you are looking for activities to do on your next visit there, take a look at these 8 suggestions.
1. Deal Castle
Deal Castle is an artillery fort built by the order of King Henry VIII. It is one of a series of coastal forts that were built to protect against invasion. Guests can explore the entire castle. Walk around the defences and admire the captain’s residence. There is even a cycle path that links Deal and Walmer castles along the beachfront for those who are interested in cycling. Deal Castle is close to town center and easy to access.
Address: Marine Rd, Walmer, Deal CT14 7BA, UK
Website: Deal Castle
2. Betteshanger Park
Betteshanger Park is set on 200 acres of parkland. It is packed with activities, walks and wildlife. It is a beautiful area to simple walk and enjoy with the family. If you prefer to cycle, this is also a great park for that. There are tons of activities designed specifically for kids from geocaching to archery. Sometimes there is even a film screening at the open air cinema. Betteshanger Park is a perfect park for nature lovers and those who love outdoor activities.
Address: Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF, UK
Website: Betteshanger Park
3. Walmer Castle and Gardens
Walmer Castle was originally a fortress constructed by Henry VIII in the 1500s. It evolved from a fortress into a residence. The Queen Mother and the Duke of Wellington have both lived here at different times in history. Inside Walmer Castle you can learn more about Wellington and his life. And audio guide will lead you through and tell you all you need to know. Outside, there are beautiful views of the sea and lovely gardens and woodlands to explore.
Walmer Castle and Gardens
Address: Kingsdown Road, Walmer CT14 7LJ, England
Website: Walmer Castle and Gardens
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4. Beach & Pier
Deal pier is not only beautiful, but also a great place for fishing! If you are not into fishing though, it is still a beautiful walk out to the end of the pier. The pier dates back to the 1950s. There is easy access to the pier for both children and disabled guests. The cafe at the end of the pier is a lovely stop off for a snack.
The long pebble beach is a great spot for a stroll. It is very clean and naturally peaceful.
Address: North Toll House, Beach St, Deal CT14 6HZ, UK
Website: Deal Pier
5. Maritime and Local History Museum
The Maritime and Local History Museum displays the changing history of Deal, Walmer, and the area in general. There is a wonderful collection of model boats as well as boats such as the Saxon King which was built in 1891. Here you can learn about tales of smuggling and lifeboat rescues. The entire family is sure to love this place as it offers a deeper look into the history of deal and all the maritime travel that took place here.
Maritime & Local History Museum
Address: 22 St George’s Rd, Deal CT14 6BA, UK
Website: Maritime & Local History Museum
6. The Astor Theatre
The Astor Theatre offers a variety of events that are sure to appeal to thefamily as a whole. It is a unique multipurpose arts center. Here you will find a mix of live music, literary events, art exhibitions, classes, theater and more. It is a small place and thus offers a community kind of feel. At the Astor Theatre, you will find something for everyone!
The Astor Theatre
Address: Stanhope Rd, Deal CT14 6AB, UK
Website: The Astor Theatre
7. Timeball Tower Museum
Timeball Tower Museum is a museum in the TimeBall Tower in Deal. The TimeBall Tower isa Victorian maritime Greenwich Mean Time signal. This signal is located on the roof of a four story tower. The tower is on the water front in Deal. The tower reopened in 2004 after being closed off and on for a number of years. It was just recently refurbished in 2016 - 2017. The museum occupies all four floors of the tower, with displays related to communication and signaling. Many displays within the museum are interactive, making it a great spot for children. The Timeball is set to drop every day at one o'clock in the afternoon. In summer season this increases so the ball drops hourly. At five minutes to the hour the ball goes half way up, at three minutes to the hours it goes to the top of the mast and then it drops on the hour. This cycle is automatic.
Timeball Tower Museum
Address: Victoria Parade, Kent CT14 7BP, UK
Website: Timeball Tower Museum
8. Sandown Castle Community Garden
Sandown Castle was once a former Tudor castle, set by the sea as a fort for protection. The castle was abandoned after suffering from erosion. The Sandown Castle Community Garden Group maintains the area of Sandown Castle. The Community Garden Group is made up of local residents who want the area to be a pleasant place to linger and relax. Thus they have formed a community garden that is very lovely. You will see a variety of flowers in different seasons. It is a great place to visit, walk, and admire.
Sandown Castle Community Garden
Address: 271 Sandown Rd, Deal CT14 6QU, UK
Website: Sandown Castle Community Garden
Relax and unwind
Enjoy your time in the quaint charming town of Deal!
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