The Local Area
Deal is an unspoilt treasure on the south east Kent coast, only 1 hour and 20 minutes from London by high-speed train. It offers long stretches of beach, a charming town, quaint streets lined with unique fishermens' cottages, two Tudor castles, three weekly markets, a pier and two small museums.
Deal is a town in Kent, England, which lies on the English Channel, eight miles north-east of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate. It is a former fishing, mining and garrison town. Close to Deal is Walmer, a possible location for Julius Caesar's first arrival in Britain. On a clear day, the coast of France, which is approximately 25miles from the town, is fully visible from the beach.
Canterbury is a 30-40 minute drive and is home to England's oldest Cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury. With its stunning architecture and wealth of history, it will not disappoint. The villages outside of Canterbury also offer two fantastic wildlife parks which appeal to both children and adults.
The long pebble beach at Deal is punctuated by the pier which dates back to the 1950's, featuring a cafe and fishing decks at the end. The picturesque beach is the perfect place to sit and relax but also has miles of coastal paths ideal for walking, running or cycling all year round.
If shingle beaches aren’t for you then you are a 30 minute drive from the beautiful sandy bays at Broadstairs or the beach at Viking Bay which has all the features you would expect from a classic seaside resort; changing huts, a promenade and even a pier of sorts.
Walmer Castle is an artillery fort originally constructed by Henry VIII in Walmer, Kent, between 1539 and 1540. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire.
Should you wish to explore further afield, Dover Castle is a 25 minute drive away. The castle is home to the Napoleonic tunnels that were used to organise the evacuation of British Troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War. Dover also offers Ferry trips to France taking 1hr 30 minutes.