Well-known for years as one of the prettiest seaside towns in Kent, Deal has now been voted one of the best in the UK.
Deal rated highly for peace and quiet and value for money in Which’s top 100 seaside towns.
With a beautiful beach, a vibrant town, and a rich history, there’s so much to explore in this stunning Kent town.
The pebbly beach brings Deal down the rankings, but it’s still a beautiful stretch of coastline with views out across the Channel and to France on a clear day.
A stroll along the beach takes you past fishing boats and beach huts, and there’s scope to continue along the coastal paths for a longer white cliffs adventure.
A vibrant town centre
Deal is not just a beach, but also a vibrant and arty town.
Hotchpotch pastel-coloured houses line the cobbled streets in the town centre, where fancy Georgian town houses brush shoulders with fisherman’s cottages.
The award-winning high street features a wide range of independent shops.
Once a year the town is transformed for a street market, the Deal Braderie, which is hugely popular for vintage clothing, jewellery, crafts, books, and antiques.
And you’re spoiled for choice on where to eat and drink, but seafood is the town’s specialty, of course.
Henry VIII and smugglers
The town has a rich history, too, that is told in the town’s many museums.
It was once a major port, and in the 18th century the old town was a centre for smugglers.
Deal also has connections to King Henry VIII, who had Deal castle built in the 1500s.
It remains one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England.
If you’re more into the arts than history, Deal is a fantastic spot with art galleries and exhibitions.
Finally, Deal’s 1950s pier isn’t the most noteworthy for its appearance, but it is the only leisure pier left in Kent, so that’s worth something.
Where to stay
If you want to stay longer than a day, a night in a hotel in Deal averages at £80.
You can sleep to the sound of the sea in a seafront hotel like the Clarendon, the Royal or the Waterfront.
There’s also plenty of places to stay further inland, including the Rose hotel which is famous for its colourful vintage-styled rooms.
How to get there
Deal is a 1hr50 drive from London down the A2, just north of Dover.
By train it’s 1hr22 from London St Pancras.
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