Quaint architecture, beautiful beaches and a lively high street make Deal one of Kent’s most popular seaside towns. Once a bustling fishing, mining and military village, today Deal attracts holidaymakers in search of traditional bucket-and-spade fun. It’s also a great base for exploring the picturesque beaches, towns and villages of White Cliffs Country.
Things to do in Deal
Honey-coloured pebble sand gives Deal a Mediterranean feel. There’s plenty of space to lay down your towel and bask in the sunshine. Stroll to the end of Deal Pier to enjoy the views and chat with local fishermen.
Deal’s award-winning High Street swaps chain retailers for independent stores and boutiques. Pick up everything from handmade crafts and designer clothing to local preserves and fishing tackle. There are also some great charity stores where you can find preloved treasures.
For a small town, Deal has a surprisingly vibrant culinary scene. From traditional English tea rooms to farm-to-table kitchens, you’ll find a huge variety of places to eat in Deal. Enjoying fish and chips on the beach is a signature experience. In summer, the sun-drenched outdoor patios along Beach Street are ideal for enjoying a cold pint. You’ll also find some trendy wine and cocktail bars strung along High Street.
One of the most impressive Tudor artillery strongholds in England, Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII in the 1500s. Walk along the ramparts, peer into the storerooms and explore the secret tunnels. A scenic footpath stretches along the coast to Walmer Castle, another famous historic landmark.
Getting around Deal
Deal is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 20-minute drive from Dover and 25 minutes from Ramsgate. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Deal and White Cliffs Country at your own pace. Trains run between Deal and London in around two hours and Heathrow Airport is a two-hour drive away.