Coastal town of Deal
Deal's unspoilt seafront, full of dangerous smuggling haunts in the 1800s is now a wonderful collection of colourful buildings complemented by fishing boats hauled up onto the shingle beach, giving it a characteristic vista.
If you watched the popular ITV series 'Liar' you will recognise the promenade and iconic Deal Pier. Take a stroll to the end and look back at a view that has hardly changed in over a century.
Hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and high street shops are all within a few steps of the beach. Enjoy freshly caught fish from boats, from our fishmongers, from our fish and chip shops, or enjoy a seafood platter from our restaurants.
Take a stroll along the winding streets that echo the town's nautical history. Quaint fisherman's cottages and smart Georgian town houses - most with nautical names and characterful brass door knockers!
Lord Horatio Nelson is known to have had a long and close relationship with Lady Hamilton and they often stayed at The Royal Hotel in Deal. He had associations with Deal and in 1801 he commented that “Deal must be the coldest place in England, most assuredly”.
A short stroll from the seafront you will discover Deal's maritime heritage. Visit the Timeball Tower Museum and Deal Maritime and Local History Museum. You’re never far from a Castle here - Henry Vlll liked Deal so much he built three! Only two of Henry’s Castles now remain, Deal Castle with its distinctive ‘Tudor Rose’ shape and Walmer Castle which is now an elegant stately home with beautiful gardens.
There's plenty to do in the seaside resort of Deal. Enjoy watersports, fishing, paddling and swimming. Walk along the flat promenade, enjoy icecream, fly a kite on Walmer Green and listen to the band playing at Deal Memorial Bandstand. Gaze out to sea, watch the seabirds and wildlife, follow the progress of the rowing boats along the coast, and visit the RNLI station.
If you visit in July, you'll be in time for the annual Deal Regatta Week.