Here is my list of the Best things to do in Deal, Kent
I see many lists compiled about the best things to do in Deal, and as a local I felt I should help you plan a great day out that allows you to explore the many things the town has to offer.
My list includes plenty of walking and is an enjoyable day out even if you don’t pay to go into the mentioned attractions and stops.
This list allows you to explore the town, and from there I’m sure you’ll want to go back over some of these and explore further.
There are a few surprises along the way, so enjoy your walk as you discover all that Deal has to offer.
- Sandown Castle
Start at Sandown castle, not really a standing Castle and the ruins are in the sea now, but there is a pretty community garden and fantastic views over the sea and Sandwich Bay from this end.
The coffee truck is usually sited here and we recommend the Flat whites, a great place to start exploring deal.
- Seafront & Beach
Walk along the sea front or the beach and take in the ambiance of this quaint seaside town. The houses reflect the history of the town, with no one style or period dominating, presenting a wonderful array of variety. The keen architectural enthusiasts will enjoy tracking the historical development of the town.
- Royal Hotel
The only beachside property in Deal, the Royal offers a very warm welcome and provides great food. We are a big fan of the breakfasts served here and it would be a great opportunity to grab another fantastic coffee.
- Deal Pier
From the Royal it is a easy stroll along the pier, and I feel that I’m in a different world along the end, it is a great place to enjoy some peace and tranquilly as you listen to the gentle ocean sounds around you.
There is a café/restaurant and coffee kiosk at the end of the pier, should you be in need of refreshments.
- Deal High Street
From the Royal Hotel on the Seafront, you could easily drop into the town and explore the many diverse shops in the high street.
Unlike many towns, Deal has retained a large number of small independent businesses and boutiques.There is no shortage of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants offering everything from a quick sandwich, to a leisurely seafood platter, or other culinary delights. (See our list of places to eat)
- Deal Castle
From the town head back up to the seafront, and walk towards Deal Castle.
This is a fantasic place to bring children, the supplied audio tours are well worth it and bring the castle to life.
- Walmer Castle Walk from Deal castle along the seafront to Walmer Castle. A fantastic garden awaits you to explore in the castle grounds, and you’ll get to see why this Castle has been a firm favourite of the Royals for many years.
- Kingsdown Beach Another walk along the seafront will take you to Kingsdown beach, be sure to drop into the Rising Sun or Zeatland Arms for a quick refreshing pint.You may even see a few of the resident seals if you are lucky.
- Clifftop Walk The steps at the end of the road from Kingsdown beach will take you up onto the cliffs, where it is possible to walk along to Dover, and Dover Castle, although this is quite a trek and you’ve already done quite a bit of walking but hopefully all those coffees will have kept up your energy levels.There are some stunning views over the ocean from here, and you can often see France quite clearly. Bird watchers frequent this area due to the diverse array of birds that visit our coastal areas.
- Betteshanger Park
Hire a bike and enjoy some gentle exercise around Betteshanger Country Park, popular with walkers, and it even has a few grades of off road cycle tracks as well as a wonderfully smooth oval track for those after some low risk exercise.
The recent Museum of Mining has opened up and the park boast a brand new restaurant and cafe.The old Betteshanger Colliery site has been transformed into a nature reserve, a network of walking and cycling trails, and a wildlife sanctuary. Take a walk, go fossil searching, or rent a bike.
Outdoor play area with nine-meter climbing wall; archery range; and a calendar full with activities all year long.
- The Deal Maritime & Local History MuseumThis museum highlights the stories of this coastal town’s fascinating history.In this exhibit, you’ll find a collection of models, photographs, and maritime artefacts that tell the tales of the individuals who lived and worked in the area.Due to recent renovations, the museum now offers several picture possibilities as well as an exhibit space that varies on a monthly basis.
- Solley’s ice cream
Solley’s ice cream is a favourite of the AboutDeal staff. From vanilla to blue bubble-gum, Solley’s has a flavour for every palate, including sorbets and vegan ice cream options.
The farm also has a number of hiking and biking paths, as well as weekly tractor rides.
- The Moving Image Museum in Kent
A cinematic voyage back through time. A carefully selected collection of Hollywood memorabilia has just been added to Deal’s list of must-see attractions.
A cinematic voyage back in time.. A carefully managed museum of cinematic memorabilia has been opened in Deal, New Jersey.
- Sandwich, Kent A historic town just outside of Deal.This beautiful village is located just north of Deal. It’s one of the Cinque Ports from mediaeval times, and it’s a treasure trove of information.
Admire the boats as you stroll around the quayside. Take a stroll through the narrow alleyways and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake at one of the numerous cafes. The Guildhall Museum, the White Mill Rural Heritage Center, or the Salutation Gardens are all worthwhile stops.