A quaint, quirky and quintessentially English seaside town: Discover Deal, Kent, in the Garden of England

'A quaint, quirky and quintessentially English seaside town'

No trip to White Cliffs Country would be complete without a visit to Deal. One of the prettiest seaside towns in Kent, it’s a tiny but terrific hidden gem. Deal is stunningly photogenic too, making this an Instagram-worthy hotspot if you’re on the lookout for the perfect place to steal a few snaps. Boasting an award-winning high street and an unspoiled seafront, Deal in Kent is, unsurprisingly, frequently highlighted as one of the best places to live in Britain.

Deal's promenade overlooks a pebbly beach that offers scenic views of the English Channel and out towards the notorious Goodwin Sands. Following an extensive refurbishment, Deal Pier (the town’s third) is a landmark not to be missed - you might recognise it as a location from ITV's 'Liar', which was filmed in Deal. The view from the end of the pier, looking back at the historical buildings lining the shore, has remained unchanged for more than 100 years.

If you're a history enthusiast, head to Deal Castle. Built by the order of King Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal defences, it’s one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. Keep an ear out for some interesting Deal Castle facts during your visit! The fascinating maritime history of Deal - a former smuggling haunt - is a joy to uncover. Visit the quirky Timeball Tower and discover the vital role this maritime monument once played in the safe navigation of ships sailing along Deal's coastline.

Deal town centre is home to picturesque and pastel-coloured dwellings, nestled amongst the cobbles of its winding streets. Quaint fishermen’s cottages rub shoulders with well-preserved Georgian town houses, making Middle Street a must-visit. Plus, there are some great buys to be found in Deal town centre’s shops! A wide selection of independent stores will whet your retail appetite and there's a wealth of antique shops to browse as well.

If you love the Arts, you'll feel immediately at home in Deal. Embrace Deal's arts scene with plenty of galleries, exhibitions and museums to explore; festivals and cultural performances to enjoy. Deal Braderie, the town’s annual street market, is hugely popular. Here, you’ll find stalls selling vintage clothing, jewellery, crafts, bric-a-brac, memorabilia, books and antiques.

Exploring is hungry work, so you'll look forward to the culinary delights of Deal's thriving foodie scene, to sample within the restaurants in Deal. Choose from waterfront bistros to chic and cosy eateries tucked away in the town centre. As you’d expect, fresh, locally-caught seafood is a speciality! 

Live Webcam: View of Deal beach, pier and promenade from the Waterfront Hotel, via Skyline Webcams.

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As you plan and finalise your visit to Deal and White Cliffs Country. Discover more and enjoy a live, 24/7, view of Deal beach, pier and promenade from the Waterfront Hotel via Skyline Webcams.

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eat & drink in Deal

81 Beach Street

Cin Cin Bar

Coach and Horses

Cocktail in a Bottle

Deal Pier Kitchen

Dunkerley's Restaurant & Hotel

Eat & Mess

Filberts Foods

Frog and Scot

Goose on the Green

Hog & Bean

Hotsy Totsy Cakes & Bakes

Hut 55

Jenkins and Son Fishmongers Ltd

Kerry's Bakehouse & Eatery

Kings Coffee Shop

Pomegranate Pantry

Sea Graze

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

The BBQ Bike

The Black Pig Butchers

The Clarendon Hotel & Bar

The Freed Man

The Just Reproach

The Kings Head Pub, Deal

The No Name Shop

The Plough Inn

The Pomegranate Pantry

The Rose

The Royal Hotel

The Town Kitchen Award-Winning Pasties

Walmer Castle and Gardens Tearoom and Glasshouse Cafe

Walmer Court Farm Shop

stay in Deal

49 The Marina

Bear's Well Bed & Breakfast

Bijou Cottage

Chalets 67 & 68 Kingsdown Holiday Park

Cottington Lakes

Dunkerley’s Restaurant and Hotel

Lillyroo's Glamping and Camping

Number One B&B

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour Campsite

Sutton Vale Country Club and Caravan Park

The Clarendon Hotel and Bar

The Plough Inn

The Rose

The Royal Hotel, Deal

things to do in Deal

Deal Memorial Bandstand

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Brooklyn Greenspa

Chequers Kitchen

Cornilo Riding

Cottington Lakes

Cycle Friendly Deal

Deal and Walmer Beaches

Deal Castle

Deal Museum

Deal Pier

Deal Saturday Market

Deal Wednesday Market

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Kent Museum of the Moving Image

Kingsdown Beach

Linden Hall Studio LTD

Mike's Bikes Deal

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Royal Marines Heritage Trail

Sandown Castle Community Garden Group

Seaward Gallery

Shopping in Deal

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

St Andrew's Church Deal

Taylor-Jones & Son

The Astor Picture House

The Astor Theatre, Deal

The History Project

The Lane – Cocktail Making

The Lighthouse Music Bar, Deal

The Village Indoor Community Market

The White House

The Wild Kitchen

Tides Leisure Centre

Timeball Tower Museum

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Walmer Castle and Gardens

Walmer Paddling Pool

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