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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 Saturday 1st April and will include new features to the Royal Marines exhibition focusing on PTI, the popular pantos and the Wrens who served at Deal.  Plans are well underway for a new, larger and permanent Royal Marines exhibition from 2018.

On Thursday 20th April award nominated maritime author Steve R Dunn will give a talk on, and sign copies of, his new book Securing the Narrow Sea: Dover Patrol 1914 – 1918.  The talk will take place at Deal Angling Club 1919, 13 The Marina, Deal.  Tickets are £5 each and proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the museum.  Full details: http://www.dealmuseum.co.uk

The former Kent Coalfield is celebrated in a new permanent small exhibition.  Amongst the impressive collection of mining items, illustrations and history are interactive audio-visual presentations telling the story of this local mining industry.   

Also new for 2017 is a Famous Faces Wall on the stairs to the Upper Gallery.  This will celebrate the many distinguished people and celebrities born in Deal and Walmer or who made the town their home over the centuries. 

Children are welcome at the museum, accompanied by an adult, and there is a free pirate hat and quiz to entertain them as well as a family interactive quiz on the first floor.