Visit Deal and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Deal, Kent. Coastal town and popular holiday resort. The town is mainly modern, but Middle Street, which runs parallel to the Promenade, is lined with old houses and narrow lanes run off it. This old quarter is said to have been the haunt of smugglers.
The main historical monument is Deal Castle, one of the line of defensive forts built along the Channel coast in the 1530s when there was fear of invasion from France. It was a formidable fort with 145 gun embrasures and was constantly manned by a captain, lieutenant and a company of gunners which could be supplemented by local militia when required. However, its only taste of combat was during the Civil War. The castle was for the Royalists and it fell to Parliamentary forces after a siege of several weeks.
It is unique in design: circular in form, with two rings of semi-circular bastions surrounding a central keep. This symmetrical plan was meant to provide defence from all directions, while the rounded bastions and keep were designed to deflect shot. In later years the fort was altered considerably to make it a residence for the Captain of Deal Castle, a post which became honorary in the middle of the 18th century. It has been vacant since 1951 and the castle, which was hit by a bomb during the Second World War, has been stripped and returned to its original architectural form, so that the visitor can easily visualize its life as a Tudor fort.
A room off the entrance hall is a small but interesting museum devoted to finds excavated in Deal and the surrounding district.
The castle parapets make an ideal setting for band concerts and military tattoos, especially those held at night by searchlight.
Here at Deal is the famous Walmer Lifeboat Station and lifeboat; both are on view to the public. There is usually one member on duty to show visitors around and explain how the service works. Past exploits are listed on plaques on walls of the station; Walmer lifeboatmen have attended more than 2,000 distress calls since the station was established in 1856. There are now between 20 and 30 calls on an average a year, many of them caused by the shifting Goodwin Sands which lie about 5+ miles offshore. These sandbanks are said once to have been an island that belonged to Earl Godwin, King Harold’s father. There are pleasure cruises to the Sands during the summer months.
Between the pier and the lifeboat station is a plaque marking the spot where Julius Caesar is said to have landed in 55 B.C.
There is good swimming from the pebble beach. Anglers will find plenty of sport, with good fishing from the pier as well as from the beach, and fishing boats may be hired by the hour or by the day; big fish have been caught in these waters.
Nearby towns: Broadstairs, Dover, Folkestone, Ramsgate, Sandwich
Nearby villages: Alkham, Barfreston, Chillenden, Chislet, Coldred, East Stourmouth, Eastry, Elmstone, Elvington, Eythorne, Goodnestone, Great Mongeham, Grove Ferry, Kearsney, Knowlton, Lydden, Manston, Martin, Minster, Ringwould, Ripple, River, Sarre, Shepherdswell, Sholden, St. Margarets, St. Nicholas at Wade, St. Peters, Staple, Swingfield, Temple Ewell, Tilmanstone, Waldershare, Walmer, West Langdon, West Stourmouth, Wingham, Womenswold
Have you decided to visit Deal or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Deal bed and breakfast (a Deal B&B or Deal b and b)
- a Deal guesthouse
- a Deal hotel (or motel)
- a Deal self-catering establishment, or
- other Deal accommodation