Deal Museum

Deal Maritime & Local History Museum tells the tales behind this seaside town.

Models, local photos and marine artifacts illustrate the stories of the local people who lived here, the fishermen, lifeboat crews, Royal Marines and smugglers.

Opening times from the start of April to end of October:
Thursday to Monday 1pm to 4pm

Admission Price:
Adults: £4
Under 18s, carers and students: Free

22 St George’s Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA.
01304 372098

DONT WALK WALK Gallery

This independent gallery in Deal, Kent describes itself as having a ‘punk rock’ ethic. This is not your standard, twee seaside themed gallery.

The DONT WALK WALK gallery is a working artists’ studio. See work from over 20 artists ranging from emerging artists to established talents. The rotating exhibitions include painting, printmaking, illustration, photography and sculpture plus film screenings.

The gallery is currently hosting an exhibition by Noel Fielding.

10 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7AP.

Opening Hours:

Mon 10-5
Tues 10-5
Wed CLOSED
Thurs 10-5
Fri 12-7
Sat 10-5
Sun 11-4

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.

Opening times:
October – March 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
April – September 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Last admission 1 hour before park closing.
Indoor soft play area shuts up to 2 hours before closing.

Check the website for prices, etc.

Dover Castle & the Secret Wartime Tunnels

Dover castle is one of 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.

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.

Deal Visitor Information Centre

Deal Tourist Information

Deal Visitor Information Centre
Town Hall, High Street, Deal, CT14 6TR.
(At the corner of the High Street and St. George’s Road.)

01304 369576
info@deal.gov.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday  10.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday (1st April to 30 September)  10.00am-2.00pm

As well as general tourist information they can help you find accommodation, book coach tickets and provide walking and cycle routes.

The Visitor Information Centre also sells local souvenirs.

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.

Visit the website for more information.

The Salutation Gardens

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 restaurant 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.

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.

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.

Visit the website for full details.

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.

Deal Kent – A Great Place For Sports

Golf in Deal

  • Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Golf Road. 01304 374007
  • Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club, The Leas, Kingsdown. 01304 373256

Betteshanger Park (formerly Fowlmead Country Park)

Walking routes, cycle paths and a nature reserve all on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery. Go fossil hunting, enjoy a stroll or hire a bike. Playground, 9m climbing wall, archery range and a wide range of events throughout the year.
Just outside Deal, off the A258 Sholden, Deal. 01304 619227

Tides Leisure Centre

Leisure pool, gym, tennis courts, exercise classes.
Park Avenue, Deal, Kent, CT14 9UU. 01304 373399

Cottington Fishing Lakes

6 coarse fishing lakes for anglers of all levels. 2 mixed coarse lakes, 2 specimen carp lakes and 2 match lakes. Camping and caravan site.
Sandwich Road, Sholden, Deal Kent, CT14 0AR. 01304 380691

Sea Angling

Deal pier and seafront are both popular with sea anglers. Click here for the latest tide times for Deal, Kent.

Deal also has 2 angling shops:

  • Pleasure Angling (opposite the Royal Hotel), 95 Beach Street, Deal, CT14 6JE. 01304 239191
  • Channel Angling ( at the entrance to Deal Pier), North Toll House, Beach Street, Deal CT14 6HZ. 01304 373104

Football

Deal Town Football Club.
The Charles Ground, St Leonards Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9AU. Tel: 01304 375623
The home of Deal’s Football Club. For all the latest news and info visit www.dealtownfc.co.uk