A quaint seaside town yet to be discovered
Why Deal I hear you say? Well, I’m going to let you into a little secret, Deal is a true gem for so many reasons.
Pastel coloured cottages, working fishing boats, quirky little shops and steeped in history back to the Romans.
Not only is it ideal for a day trip, but you could also turn it into a mini-break and discover more of the region.
Let's Discover DealAhh the sea air
Deal through timeThe History Bit
Walmer Castle in the south is the plusher of the three and has some incredible gardens.
Deal Castle around 1 ½ mile north is a lot more functional than Walmer and then 1 ½ mile further north is (or was) Sandown Castle. The remains that are now visible have been turned into a lovely seated garden, maintained by the local residents.
Exploring DealThe Coastal Walk
We started at the southern end of Deal, by Walmer lifeboat station. The RNLI run a fantastic charity that has been saving lives around the British shores since 1824. More often than not, the stations are staffed throughout the day, and you can peek in and check to see if you can take a look around.
If you’d enjoy a deeper journey through the RNLI’s history, head to the Historic Dockyard Chatham (also in Kent).
We have a new little book on our shelves that we delve into when we're heading to the coast.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different counties of England. It tells tales of the history of the shoreline that surrounds our country.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves the English seaside.
The Kent CoastlineWhen I say the beach!!!!
How to get there to Deal
You can catch a train from London St. Pancras International direct to Deal Station, which takes around 1 hour 25 minutes.
Or alternatively, you can do it all on a road trip, Rental Cars searches multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.
The Darkest HourRemembrance
Deal CastleHalt who goes there?
Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns
Deal's link to LondonGreenwich Mean Time
At precisely 1pm every day the time ball drops, this would have been a signal to the ships out at sea and enabling them to set their timepieces accurately.
This time ball received an electric signal directly from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".
You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.
Deal's touch of nostalgiaStrolling the pier
Just because the pier hasn’t got the lure of the “end-of-pier” arcades, it doesn’t detract from the pleasure you get strolling out above the waves and amongst the locals trying to catch their evening meal.
The view back across the bay is one to savour.
The best of DealThe Old Town
Escape for a few days
Are you looking for that ‘perfick’ holiday hideaway to relax in while you discover the Garden of England?
After a day exploring the Kent coast and its many historic castles enjoy one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.
Picture Postcard DealHistoric lanes
Wandering along Middle Street is a must, there is so much architectural history and so many beautifully kept buildings of times gone by.
Though I think in the days of smuggling a few old yarns could have been told amongst these streets.
Where to stay in Deal
Deal in LiteratureWell read
A famous resident of DealWhat a “Carry On”
Where to eat & Drink in DealSpoilt for choice
Our video of DealA look through our eyes
A love of DealI won’t leave it so long, next time
My lasting memories of Deal will always be how it’s kept its old traditional charm but, not looking dated. Yes, it has the old familiar amusement arcades and kiss-me-quick gift shops, but it also has plenty of proud locals happy to share their piece of old seaside England.
Ohh and I can’t forget the squawking seagulls hovering above waiting to fleece you of your fish and chips.
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