Let battle commence
We woke up to another bright Autumnal day and Gary and I decided to head to Kent’s charming coastline.
Armed with our English Heritage cards rather than our bucket and spades, we set off to discover Deal and Walmer Castle.
Henry VIII left his mark
Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1539/40 and was part of a chain of coastal artillery forts, which formed part of the King’s “Device Programme”.
Concerned by the threat of invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire (which he had brought upon himself). Henry VIII had three castles (Walmer, Deal & Sandown) built along with earthwork defences in between to protect the Downs.
Taking no chances
A little rustic
Although the living quarters in Deal Castle were improved during the 18th & 19th centuries, it never quite stood the test of time like Walmer, its sister castle along the road. Which became the home of the “Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports”. William Pitt the Younger during the late 18th & early 19th Century. Then during the 19th century, the Duke of Wellington resided there and also passed away in Walmer Castle.
What is great about Deal Castle is that the whole fortress is open for you to explore. Climb to the uppermost point of the bastions and wander around the top for some stunning views across the English Channel.
Once you have manoeuvred yourself around the cannons, head down through the fort and enter the dark passages beneath the bastions, these are great fun for the kids.
You’ll be wandering through four-hundred-year-old passages, which encircle the castle.
Little less exposed
As you step back up through the narrow corridors, to the next level, you’ll enter the living quarters, complete with stone ovens and charred fireplaces.
Children’s interactive activities can be found on this level, and also a large map of Europe depicted during the 16th Century, are amongst some of the exhibits here.
Inspired to visit Deal Castle?
Want to see Henry VIII’s legacy on the Kent coast? There’s a lot more to see & do at Deal, and it’s an ideal base to discover the eastern coastline of Kent.
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