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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.

History of Deal

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 Castle

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!

Deal Castle

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.

Arno & Co Coffee shop

Deal 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.

Drone image of Deal Pier in Kent

Museums 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.

Walmer

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.