Deal and Walmer
Deal, in Kent, is a town on the south coast of England, situated where the North Sea and the English Channel meet.
Located just 8 miles south of Ramsgate and 8 miles north east of Dover, this picturesque town is a former fishing, mining and garrison town.
In 2014, Deal won the Telegraph ‘High Street of the Year’ award and also features in the Times 30 Best Places By the Sea.
Today its main attraction is it its wonderful coastline, which is within easy access of the town itself.
Deal: a town steeped in history
For the history fans, Deal has a lot to offer, dating back to a mention in the Doomsday book as a village way back in 1086.
However, evidence suggests its history may go back even further. Julius Caesar is said to have landed on the Deal-Walmer coast in 55 and 54 BC.
Deal was a ‘limb port’ of the Cinque Ports and has been important in the defences of south east England throughout history.
With a coastline that was permanently exposed to potential attack, it was no wonder that Deal played such a crucial role.
Deal: the site of three Tudor castles
Deal has not one but three Tudor castles built by Henry VIII, namely Deal, Walmer and Sandown.
The first two you can visit whilst Sandown (of which only a few stones remain) is on the cycle path that follows the coast.
Deal has a town motto of “Adjuvate Advenas” which is Latin for “Befriend a Stranger” – perfect for those wanting to be made welcome on a self-catering holiday to Deal or short break!
Independent shops, cafes and restaurants
There is something for everyone in Deal.
Its conservation area preserves the best of its Georgian architecture and the town itself contains a fantastic array of independent shops, markets, delicatessens, pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The town centre itself is pedestrianised, which makes it an ideal (and safe!) place to simply wander around and explore.
Deal: right on the beach with an outstanding pier!
One of the main attractions of this wonderful seaside town is its fantastic beach!
Perfect during the summer as well as every other season, there is more than enough room for everyone, including dogs, which love the space to run free for miles and miles.
Deal also features a standout, Grade 2 listed pier (actually the third pier to be built in Deal), constructed in the 1950s, which was even named Pier of the year in 2008!
Deal is a genuine Georgian town with winding streets and a lovely promenade.
Plenty of local attractions to visit in Deal
There is no shortage of things to do in Deal and the surrounding area, whatever your interests.
Spend some time at the Timeball Tower Museum, which is a Semaphore Tower and was used to pass messages along the East Coast to warn of smugglers.
This museum contains many curious items and is well worth a visit.
The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum is also very interesting as it tells the full historical story of this seaside town.
And the Deal Memorial Bandstand is a fitting memorial in remembrance of the bombing of Deal’s Royal Marine School back in 1989.
The bandstand is still in use and there are free concerts from May to September on Sunday afternoons.
There are several markets to enjoy in Deal. There is a weekly Saturday market and small market outside the Town Hall on Wednesday and Fridays. Monthly there is a Farmers’ Market with local producers and seasonal food.
Gardens and parks
For garden enthusiasts, there are lovely gardens at Walmer Castle with over eight acres to explore.
During the school holidays, Walmer Castle runs themed events for all the family and visitors can experience the ‘reimagined Walmer Castle’, created to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Championship golf clubs
Keen golfers might like to try their skills on a links course and Deal has plenty on offer; Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Links, Royal St George’s in Sandwich, and Royal Cinque Ports in Deal are all within an easy reach of the town centre.
Water sports, sailing and fishing in Deal
For sailing enthusiasts, the nearby Downs Sailing Club holds events suitable for novices and experienced sailors, throughout the season.
For swimmers who do not like the salty seawater, a visit with the family to Tides Leisure Centre, a minute’s drive away, is a must, including numerous flumes, slides and Jacuzzis.
Fishing need not just be nipping down to the beach front for the catch of the day off the local fisherman. Why not bring your rod and bait and cast off from the pier or beach yourself?
Walmer is an adjoining town, closely associated with Deal and located just along the coast.
Walmer’s pebble beach is essentially a continuation of Deal’s beach and whilst Deal’s beach restricts access to dogs during the summer months, Walmer welcomes dogs on its beach all year round.