A History Buff’s Guide to East Kent
Brimming with centuries of history, Dover Castle once served as the gateway to the country. From the medieval keep and great tower to a Roman lighthouse there’s a lot to see. Be sure to visit the secret wartime tunnels, hidden deep within the white cliffs themselves. Reconstructed scenes give a snapshot of the past, including communication centres and an underground hospital.
Deal Castle & Walmer Castle
Explore the Tudor fort that helped King Henry VIII defend the country from foreign invasion. You can take a walk in the moat and look out to sea from the battlements. Twisting passages beneath the castle and interactive exhibits will educate and entertain.
Just up the road is Walmer Castle. A former residence of the Queen Mother and the Duke of Wellington, it’s a great spot to visit. You can learn about the life of Wellington and even see the original wellington boots. There are acres of award-winning gardens to roam around, and views from the castle look out to the sea beyond
Classified as a world heritage site, Canterbury Cathedral is a must-see for anyone who visits the area. Impressive architecture and a rich past make this a religious and cultural pilgrimage for many. Explore the Romanesque crypt and learn the history of Thomas Becket who was killed in the Cathedral. Marvel at The 14th-century nave medieval stained glass and statues.
The ancient city has much history to explore. You can take a guided river tour along the city’s canals or a set out on a walking tour to discover more. The Canterbury Tales experience is a fun exploration of Chaucer’s Canterbury and the Roman Museum explores the city’s ancient past.
Deal’s past as a smuggling hotspot and base for the Royal Marines is well documented by donated artefacts and informative exhibits. The museum is packed to the rafters, you can see old shop signs from the high street and even boats out in the courtyard. Test your knowledge on the town with an interactive quiz.
Stay in Deal’s historic conservation area
Home to streets of fishing cottages, townhouses and listed homes. Secret cubbies and hiding are remnants from the town’s history as a smuggling hub. The area is close to the town centre and beach so you have the best of both worlds. A stay in one of our Deal cottages is ideal for anyone interested in history.