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Going Out in Deal

About DealAbout Deal

Deal is a historical gem and a lively seaside borough in Kent, Southeast of England. Known as one of the most fascinating resort towns in the country, Deal sits at the meeting point of the English Channel and the North Sea.

The seafront is one of the most remarkable landmarks in Deal. It is the perfect place to enjoy fishing or take a stroll with breathtaking views. Exciting events and concerts happen on the beachfront throughout the year. In the city center, pastel-coloured structures make the perfect location to take photographs. The town's pebble beaches deserve attention and appreciation, too.

Aside from its natural beauty, the seaside town of Deal is famous for its naval history. Its role as a 'limb port' in 1278 for the Cinque Ports makes it one of the most vibrant ports in England. And the town has successfully preserved these milestones and historical events in various maritime museums and ancient structures. Among the most highly-regarded heritage sites in Deal are the Walmer Castle and the Deal Castle. Both castles have witnessed the town’s struggles and triumphs since the rule of Henry VIII.

The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum is also a must-visit destination for history buffs. This museum features exhibits of model naval vessels, comprehensive background stories of lifeboats, and other maritime developments in Deal.

Going out in Deal is a treat for the palette as well. Although the borough is relatively small compared to the neighbouring towns, restaurants in Deal are huge in flavours. Visitors can expect a variety of trendy and impressive cuisine – from Traditional to British, Caribbean, and a lot more.

The town also has a bustling nightlife. Pubs in Deal offer some of the best ales, beers, and cocktails in England. In summer, locals swarm beer gardens to enjoy their drinks and snacks.

Deal is a haven for musical and theatrical performances as well. One of the town’s significant entertainment venues is the Astor Theatre where great acts and performances are guaranteed.

Places to eat in DealPlaces to eat in Deal, Restaurants in Deal

Wellingtons British Deal
British Deal
Hey Hey Deal Thai Deal
Hey Hey Deal
Thai Deal
Milaad Tandoori Indian Deal
Milaad Tandoori
Indian Deal
Love Drinks Cafe Deal
Love Drinks
Cafe Deal
Sir Norman Wisdom British Deal
Sir Norman Wisdom
British Deal
Marmaris Kebab Fast Food Deal
Marmaris Kebab
Fast Food Deal

Places to drink in Deal Places to drink in Deal, Pubs and Bars in Deal

The Dining Club Pub/Bar Deal
The Dining Club
Pub/Bar Deal
The King's Head Pub/Bar Deal
The King's Head
Pub/Bar Deal
The Plough Inn Restaurant Pub/Bar Deal
The Plough Inn Restaurant
Pub/Bar Deal
The Prince Albert Pub/Bar Deal
The Prince Albert
Pub/Bar Deal
The New Inn Pub/Bar Deal
The New Inn
Pub/Bar Deal
The Black Douglas Coffee House Pub/Bar Deal
The Black Douglas Coffee House
Pub/Bar Deal

A brief history of DealA brief history of Deal

There is a claim stating that Julius Caesar came to Deal in 55 BC. But the town started to flourish in 1228 when it established association with the Cinque Ports. This status, along with the silting up of the port of Sandwich, opened Deal to business opportunities relating to the importation of goods. Lacking a traditional port, Deal found an area of anchorage in the Goodwin Sands for large vessels.

In 1539, Henry VIII directed the construction of three castles named Deal, Sandown, and Walmer. These three castles became essential parts of Deal’s defences against naval attacks. The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports stayed at the Walmer Castle, his official dwelling.

The ship anchorage known as The Downs served as a battle arena when the Spanish and Dutch clashed in 1639. It was yet again a scene of conflict when the English fought the Dutch in 1666.

The establishment of a naval depot in 1672 aided in bringing supplies, services, and equipment to the vessels harbored in The Downs. This naval yard concluded operations in 1864.

The boatmen of Deal used locally-made boats. Salvage work became a source of income in the anchorage following the validation of the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854. Smuggling activities were most rampant in 1737.

A Royal Marine Depot was built along the road to Walmer in 1861. The depot soon expanded to the army barracks and was later suffered bomb attacks from the Provisional Irish Republican Army

In the 19th century, Deal began prospering as a holiday destination.

Popular things to do in DealPopular things to do in Deal

Free things to DealFree things to do in Deal

Great for kids in DealGreat for kids in Deal

Great for dogs DealGreat for dogs in Deal

  • Book a journey with your buddy in the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
  • Take a ride from the Spa Valley Railway
  • Run along Kent's beaches 

Dog friendly bars in DealDog friendly bars

  • The Court Yard Bar and Restaurant
  • The Bohemian
  • Kings Head

Dog friendly restaurants in DealDog friendly restaurants

  • Deal Pier Kitchen
  • The Lane

Did you know?Did you know?

The town claimed that the English journalist and trader Daniel Defoe committed libel for writing about Deal and its losses in the Great Storm of 1703.

Deal appeared in various literary works, too. George Chittenden set his smuggling saga in the 18th-century Deal. Prolific writers Charles Dickens and Jane Austen mentioned the town in their respective books, “Bleak House” and “Persuasion.”

Hidden gems of DealThe hidden gems of Deal

The 365-acre Betteshanger Park lies in the former location of the county's largest collieries, Betteshanger Colliery. Previously named Fowlmead Country Park, this tourist attraction is ideal for various activities such as cycling, jogging, and even fossil hunting.

Unique to DealUnique to Deal

Among the notable personalities from Deal are British Royal Navy officer Admiral Sir John Harvey, actor Bruce Montague, musician Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, and writer Elizabeth Carter.