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Deal, Kent: a fresh guide for 2018

“No-one passes through,” declares the fisherman propping up the bar, before adding, “people only come to Deal for a purpose.”

He’s right. Or at least he was – until recently. Deal’s liberal atmosphere and unique culture have thrived from being precisely the place that no-one happens upon, situated as it is between Dover and Ramsgate.

Historically, however, it was the preferred landing spot for every potential invader from Julius Caesar, who arrived in 55BC (check out the memorial on the promenade towards Walmer) to Napoleon (no, he didn’t quite make it).

And it’s this combination of inaccessibility and vulnerability that has allowed Deal to live by its own rules.

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