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Deal Kent - Local Tourist Attractions

Official Deal Tourist information number : 01304 369576

As well as all the things to do in Deal itself, there are plenty of nearby tourist attractions. Here are just a few suggestions.

Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Wingham Wildlife Park

From lions and tigers to flamingos and monkeys, there is lots to see at this popular local attraction. As well as the animals there is an indoor play area and the life size animatronic dinosaurs.

There are talks and feed times scheduled everyday with hands on animal encounters available at weekends.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.


Howletts Wild Animal Park

This 100 acre wildlife park has elephants, gorillas, rhinos and a huge range of other animals.

There is a cafe, a restaurant and a large gift shop as well as the Treetop Challenge.

You'll need a full day to do justice to all that is on offer here.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

Wildwood

40 acres of beautiful woodland are the setting for over 200 animals native to the UK. See Bears, Wolves, Bison, Wild Boar, Lynx, Badgers, Beavers as well as birds and reptiles.

There is also an adventure playground, cafe, gift shop and picnic area on site.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

With over 600 acres to explore Port Lympne makes for an amazing day out. Don't miss the African Experience, a truck safari ride through 100 acres of free roaming African animals including zebras and giraffes.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

Castles, Stately Homes and Gardens

As well as Deal and Walmer castles there are several castles, stately homes and gardens within a short drive of Deal.

Dover Castle & the Secret Wartime Tunnels

Dover castle is one English Heritage's top attractions. There is plenty to do here even on a rainy day.

The history of the site stretches back to the iron age. The Great Hall has had a £2.45 million refurbishment to showcase the grandeur of Henry II's court.

The Secret War Time Tunnels reveal the history of the castle as a command centre during World War II. The underground hospital has been restored and is very atmospheric.

The guided tours really add to the enjoyment.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

Leeds Castle

Leeds castle is about an hour's drive from Deal, but is well worth the effort. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most romantic castles in the country.

As well as the beautiful moated castle with its sumptuous interiors there are over 500 acres of parkland including a maze. Other attractions include birds of prey and children's adventure playgrounds.

Throughout the year there are frequent events and displays including jousting and falconry displays.

Additional activities on site for an additional charge and subject to availability: Go Ape, punting, Segway tours and falconry experiences.

Goodnestone Park

A small but beautiful 15 acre garden with year round interest. There is a walled garden, a woodland garden, a parterre, an arboretum and a gravel garden.

Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Goodnestone Park where her brother lived.

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

The recently restored gardens were originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911. The 3.5 acres of gardens have been lovingly restored and added to ensuring year round interest.

Audio tours are available and there is a tea room on site. There is also a gift shop and the nursery sells a select variety of plants including some unusual plants.

The Lutyens designed house, The Salutation, is a boutique hotel that also caters for weddings and functions

Check the website for opening hours, prices, etc.

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

The beautiful informal gardens at Quex park include herbaceous borders, ponds, a Victorian walled garden and a woodland walk.

Part of Quex House is open in the summer season (unless it is hosting a wedding.) It is home to a varied assortment of collectables amassed by the Powell-Cotton family from around the world. Be sure to speak with the House Stewards who can tell you tales of the family's adventures and the history of the exhibits.

The Powell-Cotton museum is home to wildlife specimens from around Asia and Africa all displayed in life like scenes. It also has artifacts and photographs from the expeditions of 6 generations of the family.




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