A quaint seaside town yet to be discovered
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.
Ahh the sea air
Interested in the coast around England?
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 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.
Sandown Castle Community Garden
When I say the beach!!!!
Take a moment to head to the bandstand, this was erected in memory of the Deal barracks bombing. On 22 September 1989, the IRA exploded a bomb at the Royal Marines School of Music. The building collapsed, killing 11 marines and wounding another 21. This was an extremely emotional time for Deal and the whole country alike.
An interesting read
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.
Halt who goes there?
Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns
Greenwich 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.
Strolling the pier
Where have you been?
What a “Carry On”
Spoilt for choice
I 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.
Would you like a little more?
How to get there?
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.
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