Deal Castle
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Built by the order of King Henry VIII it is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts, which also includes Calshot, Camber, Walmer and Pendennis Castles. Today you can explore the whole of the castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. Take a walk around the defences and admire the squat, rounded bastions and cannons.
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  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, United Kingdom1,866 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very small
    Compared to Dover, and even Walmer this place is tiny and only will take an hour or so out of your day. Definitely worth visiting Walmer at the same time. Not much to see in Deal and, other than a chalk drawing, nothing interactive going on either.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Kirstie A
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots for the kids
    The castle looks tiny from the outside, but inside, it's quite large & sometimes disorienting walking about in a circle, especially on the lowest floor. We thought we wouldn't be here very long, but there is quite a bit to read & for the kids to do from a big model of the castle to build, to creating your own graffiti paper as well as the wooden guns dotted about that the children can walk about with. This was a great way to spend an afternoon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Barcy C
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deal castle
    We had so much fun exploring this castle. It is in the shape of the Tudor Rose and we borrowed a couple of wooden rifles and explored the dark and damp lower floors. Kids of all ages will love this little gem of a castle
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,032 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medieval well preserved castle
    This is an English Heritage site and there is parking. The staff are very friendly and described in detail to us the effect of the Goodwin Sands. The castle is well kept with multiple but sparsely furnished rooms. The ramparts are elevated giving views to the French coast. There was a moat around the castle, now grassed, which is very impressive. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Chris L
    Northampton, United Kingdom415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting sojourn if in area
    We'd planned a couple of days around Dover and came to Deal on second day after a trip a short drive away at Walmer castle - you can cover off 3 in the area which is amazing! There are some tunnels that the kids can explore and lots of history including a lot on Henry V with some good exhibits that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Not a huge amount to see but interesting piece of history nonetheless.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • AprilForbes
    Salisbury, United Kingdom1,300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deal 🏰 with my ma 🙂
    There is a small car park next to the castle, remember to get a ticket (free) even if you are a EH member. A wonderful view of the castle from the car park. My ma and I did the tunnels first, wow, we thought it was wonderful. It smells at the top of the stairs - old and damp, do not let this put you off; it is not like that in the tunnels, it is very cool. There are historians here, do take advantage of them, very interesting information. There is also vocal information by certain individuals (headphones, which are attached to certain areas). Everything was really good, we went on a very hot day, so could get tired walking up and down everywhere. There is also, where you are outside and can see the guns and look out to the sea. I would recommend a visit 🌞
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Kate
    Bristol, United Kingdom211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for all the family
    Deal Castle is in the English Heritage fold. Well run, good facilities and plenty of well-designed wall information charts cover it’s long history and gives the visitor a feel for life in a Cinque Port garrison. Fairly small car park fills quickly towards midday. Reasonably accessible with wide spiral staircases between floors. Lots of interest for visitors of all ages. Very helpful staff too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Gill T
    Harlow, United Kingdom462 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting visit
    We really enjoyed our visit to Deal Castle. Built by Henry VIIIth to defend the area From European threats. It’s a large castle and very well preserved. There is plenty of information around the castle. When we went there was a very knowledgeable man in the shop. Think his name was Ben. He was excellent and knew everything about the castle and the area. He certainly added to our enjoyment of the venue. The car park was a reasonable size with a ticket machine. It’s free to English Heritage members but you do need to have an up to date EH sticker displayed on your car. It’s well worth a visit if you’re visiting the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Ian S
    Rugby, United Kingdom837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to see
    Like Dover Castle this comes under the care of English Heritage. An hour is all you need here but make sure you enjoy the sea views from the castle. You can read the history elsewhere but it is well worth stopping in the Castle car park to visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • suzy111112222
    Dunstable, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent volunteer who brought the castle alive !
    Excellent- Volunteer on site was very good. The blond lady was extremely informative and brought the rooms alive. She was very able to explain things and share stories and knowledge. She was the reason my mum enjoyed the visit so much!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
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Philip A
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Built for Henry VIII who feared an invasion from France, Deal castle is designed mainly to defend an attack from the sea. Built in an age of cannon, it is unlike traditional castles & designed like a Tudor rose.
There are cannon on the outer walls and a well designed museum inside, including a chance to hear the words of many of the principal men & women of Henry VIII's time. It is very well designed for children (though a bit cut back while we still have covid-19 restrictions). There are many places to explore, including a spooky tour around the walls in the basement, where you can normally carry your own "rifle". Our grandsons - 8 & 6 - love coming here.
Written 7 June 2021
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BirdBrain99
Greater London, UK232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We are English Heritage members. The car parking in excellently situated next to the castle. The walk round the basement and upper floors full of interest for a property with no original contents from the time it was a fortification and then a residence. The state of the building is as close it could be to how it handed over to Henry VIII to defend the nation nearly 500 years ago.
Written 28 May 2021
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Austen b
Essex, UK272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Popped in to the castle. Great building so much history had a good walk around. Whilst upstairs one of the guides had a interesting chat so much information to hand. Was really pleased we went inside and walked all around worth a visit pre book your visit you can save 10 % but it’s a good price any way.
Written 24 March 2023
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Michael W
London, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
First time visit to this really interesting tudor fort that was still active in WW2. Parts of the fort were at ground level and were quite dark, but give an impression of what it would have been like to repel invaders should they choose to invade Kent (don't laugh; Julius Caesar did!). 30 minutes to an hour should be enough to see everything and it caters for all ages although if you have mobility issues it may be problematic. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this historic site.
Written 1 March 2020
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Notliar
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Good place. I expected a little bit more, it's actually just empty rooms without any exhibition. I prefer castles with much more to explore. If you read everything and watch every single stone in the castle you still can finish in 45 minutes.
Written 11 June 2021
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Abi F
London, UK90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Great fort to see - really beauitful views of the sea, and the experience of going through the Rounds and listening to audio clips help to cement the Civil War experience. More information could be included inside though - many rooms are empty, with no information about the purpose they served. Even a general note about if a room could have been a kitchen, or a store, would be interesting. Very enjoyable overall though, would recommend.
Written 29 September 2020
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is what I call a proper castle. It has great round structures with ramparts and a moat. It is also a place that has been used throughout the centuries by different people to defend the country. Amazing that it was built by Henry VIII.

There is a fairly decent sized car park just near by but it gets very busy. The castle has nothing left in it apart from some canons/guns on the roof
Written 3 July 2021
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IAN W
St Helens, UK4,301 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One of 3 forts built along this part of the English coastline by Henry VIII in the early 1500's(Sandown...now sadly gone and Walmer....being the other two) to protect the country from invasion.
Not the biggest of castles you'll ever see,but nevertheless worth an hour or so of your time as it is nearly all,in its entirety,original,only parts here and there have been replaced,sympathetically to blend in.
Wander in its passages which link numerous rooms together on different floors,guides are around the place if you have any questions
You can walk its battlements and get wonderful views of the Channel.
Public toilets available.
Written 17 July 2022
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Bobcat605
Rugby, UK533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This castle is different from the earlier Norman castles found elsewhere. For a start, it is not ruined and one can get a good impression of life in the castle. It has a gloomy atmosphere (in a good way) and the views from the bastion are great.
Written 5 October 2020
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Chocolan
Hertfordshire, UK105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Visited in September on a fine, hot day. Descending to lowest level we found the narrow, dark and damp passage that runs around the perimeter of the castle. Moving up the spaces open up, and light comes in, and one can breathe more freely.

It feels like it must have been when it was built - without the odours.
Written 3 November 2021
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