Things To Do in Deal
Deal has lots to offer visitors, as well as shopping, walking, cycling, golf and fishing there are several visitor attractions in Deal.
Deal & Walmer Castles
You can walk or cycle the 1.3 miles along the seafront between these 2 castles.
Both were built by Henry VIII but they have very different characters.
Deal Castle audio tours bring alive the history of this Tudor rose shaped castle. The gardens at Walmer Castle and the variety of furnished rooms ensure a memorable visit.
New : Roman Landings – Walmer Adventure Golf
Deal’s newest tourist attraction is located on Walmer seafront, just a short stroll from Deal castle.
18 hole crazy golf course with a fun local history theme. Electric kart circuit for the kids plus a paddling pool. Snack and ice cream kiosk.
New : Ripple Windmill
Ripple windmill is a grade II listed building on the outskirts of Deal, Kent. Following careful restoration by its current owners, Ripple mill is now in working order and open to the public on selected dates.
Ripple windmill is a beautiful Kentish Smock Mill. Its tarred black tower and white sails make for stunning photos. There are great views of the coast and the surrounding countryside and the local area is ideal for walking or cycling.
Why not combine a visit to Ripple Mill with other attractions nearby, such as Solley’s ice cream parlour, Walmer castle or the beach? Click here for more details of the Open Days.
Golf, Fishing and Sports
Deal has 2 top quality golf courses plus several other courses within a short drive. The Open Golf Championship is held periodically at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, just a few miles from Deal.
Deal offers not only sea angling from the beach and the pier but also course fishing lakes.
There are plenty of places to cycle including the sea front cycle path and the routes around Betteshanger Country Park. Bike hire is available.
Deal also has facilities for many other sports including swimming, tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball and skateboarding.
There is also a Wakeboarding and Aqua Park in Sandwich, just a few miles from Deal.
Kent Museum of the Moving Image
A nostalgic journey through the history of the cinema. Kent MOMI is a lovingly curated collection of movie memorabilia with an ever changing content so you can visit time and again. Click here for more information.
Disabled access, including lift and WC. Disabled parking can be reserved in advance.
Open All Year: Fri/Sat/Sun (incl. bank holidays) 11am – 5pm. 41 Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AD.
New: Kent Mining Museum
The newly opened Kent Mining Museum is built on the former Betteshanger Colliery site. It charts the history of the East Kent coalfield and the stories of the miners that worked the coal seams.
Opening Hours: Weds-Sun 09:30-16:00
Admission Price: Free – but donations are welcome.
N.B. Parking charges apply at Betteshanger Country Park
Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0BF
Deal Maritime & Local History Museum tells the full historical story of this seaside town.
From the trade to the local people who lived here, the historical roles of the famous Cinque Ports, the town’s castle, lifeboats, Royal Marines, smugglers and the Goodwin Sands. All brought to life with models, local photos and marine artifacts.
Opening times from the start of April to end of October:
Thursday to Monday 1pm to 4pm
Under 18s, carers and students: Free
22 St George’s Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA.
Time Ball Tower Museum, Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal.
The time ball tower was built in 1820 and was originally a Semaphore tower. It was used to pass messages along the East coast to help the Coastal Blockade in their fight against the smugglers.
In 1853 the time ball was built on the top of the building. The ball was dropped once a day at 1pm by direct electrical signal from Greenwich. This enabled ships chronometers to be accurately set which was important for navigation.
The book Longitude by Dava Sobel is a great read before visiting the timeball tower.
Among other curios is an extremely rare Charles Shepherd electrical clock, one of only four known in existence.
OPENING TIMES: Open weekends and Bank Holidays from 11:30 – 4:30 between Easter and end of May. Open Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays during June – September.
Tel: 01304 360897 Click here for full details.
Deal Memorial Bandstand, Walmer Green.
Standing on Walmer Green is the Deal Memorial Bandstand, erected in 1992 in remembrance of the bombing of Deal’s Royal Marines School of Music in 1989.
Free music concerts May to September on Sundays at 2.30pm. More details.