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Castles & Museums

 

Deal Castle
Deal Castle
Tel: 01304 372762

Built during the reign of Henry VIII to protect England from a Spanish invasion. In the shape of a tudor rose, this castle is located on the seafront at Deal. It's a great place to explore with dark passages that wind through huge bastions. Take the inclusive audio tour of the castle and 18th centurn officers' quarters.


Walmer Castle and gardens

Walmer Castle and Gardens
Tel: 01304 364288

This Tudor Castle has been transformed over the years into an elegant home and residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Today visitors can see the principle rooms and enjoy the garden created for HM The Queen Mother's 95th birthday. Another famous resident was the Duke of Wellington - see his bedroom with the simple camp bed  and the chair where he died.   His famous boots and his uniform are on show. The beautiful gardens are well worth a visit and there is a wild area with tracks for exploration. There is also a gift shop and coffee shop offering tasty snacks.


Timeball tower

Timeball Tower
Tel: 01304 360897

A four floor museum of time and maritime communications on Deal Seafront. Deal's timeball has a special place in history. It was the first to be operated by a direct signal via the electric telegraph of the S.E Railway from Greenwich.  The top floor retains the original timeball mechanism and record book. Telescopes give superb views over the downs.


  

 

   

Deal Maritime and Local History Museum
Address: 22 St George's Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6BA
Email: museum@dealmuseum.co.uk  

The season opens on Good Friday 30th March 2018.  This year will include a new Royal Marines Exhibition which depicts the history of the Royal Marines at the Deal Barracks and focuses on the School of Music, PT instructors, Commandos, Wrens, nurses and other women associated with the Barracks, the Sergeants' Mess Panto and much more.

Dunkirk, East Kent Coalfield, Deal High Street Maps.....

Tender Too, one of the original 'little ships' that helped in the rescue of men from the beaches of Dunkirk in World War Two is on show within a backdrop of the museum's popular Dunkirk display.  the former East Kent Coalfield is celebrated and amongst the impressive collection of mining memorabilia is an interactive audio-visual presentation telling the story of this local mining industry. 

A series of Deal High Street Maps shows the occupancy of premises over the decades and is featured along with a wide variety of local history artefacts.  A World War One trench scene, Saxon King, the last Deal Galley in the town and a Model Boat Room are just some of the many other exhibits displayed. 

 For people with limited mobility a new tablet computer is available on the ground floor and shows the key exhibits upstairs.

Families are welcome and there is a free pirate hat and quiz and several interactive quizzes.  Further information is available on http://www.dealmuseum.co.uk/