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A Day Trip to Deal, Kent: Photo Gallery

While Deal’s more fashionable siblings like Margate and Whitstable draw in the hipster crowd, the quiet town is perfect for a relaxing day trip in Kent (especially in these Covid-19 times).

Okay, there may not be a whole lot to see and do compared to the other seaside towns in Kent. But that’s the beauty of Deal, you can spend a whole day outdoors at this hidden gem.

The train station is centrally located and takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the seafront. From there, you can either walk left, which takes you towards Sandwich Bay, or right which takes you towards Kingsdown Beach (this is the route I took).

Deal might be one of my favourite places to photograph in Kent. My photo of The Kings Arms was reposted on Instagram by Visit Britain.

Have you seen a prettier pub?

I loved walking along the seafront and the streets, photographing the old buildings in Deal. It seems like time has stood still (which isn’t a bad thing by any means).

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m a sucker for bright and pastel coloured houses like those in Gamla Stan, Stockholm.

Then, there’s the pier which seems to never end (when you do find the end there’s Deal Pier Kitchen which offers unrivalled views of the sea while you enjoy delicious food). Or you could obviously dine alfresco on the beach with a classic fish and chips (my personal choice between the two).

Afterwards, continue your seaside stroll and admire the many boats and beach huts (it is my life’s goals to own a cute beach hut).

If you’re looking for a little bit history, there’s Deal Castle and Walmer Castle and gardens – both are English Heritage properties and picturesque of course.

After all that walking, you’ll be glad to that the beaches are deserted in Deal, so you can lie back and relax.

Getting to Deal

Reaching Deal is a breeze, allowing you to embark on your coastal adventure with ease. From London, hop on a train from London St Pancras International to Deal Station, and enjoy a relaxing journey through the picturesque Kent countryside.

Deal is around 1 hour 30 mins from London on the train and only an hour from Canterbury (36 minutes by car) if you want to escape city life for a day. Several car parks in Deal are free on Sunday too! Take the A2 or M2, following signs to Deal. The town is also well-connected by bus routes, offering convenient options for transportation.

A Glimpse into History

Immerse yourself in Deal’s captivating past, which traces back centuries. Originally a bustling fishing village, Deal flourished as a prominent maritime port during medieval times. Its strategic location made it a vital defense point against potential invaders, leading to the construction of the iconic Deal Castle as part of Henry VIII’s coastal fortifications. As you wander through the town’s narrow streets and historic buildings, you’ll feel transported to a bygone era, where tales of seafaring adventures and thriving trade come to life.

Exploring Deal

Start your exploration of Deal with a leisurely stroll along its iconic promenade, where you’ll be greeted by the stunning sight of the English Channel stretching out before you. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air and soak in the tranquil ambiance. The beach itself invites you to unwind on its golden sands or take a refreshing dip in the sea. As you wander through the town, marvel at the distinctive Georgian and Victorian architecture that adds to Deal’s unique character.

Noteworthy Attractions

Deal offers a host of attractions to captivate visitors of all interests. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Deal Castle, an impressive Tudor fortress that stands as a testament to the town’s historical significance. Wander through its atmospheric corridors and imagine the castle’s past as a mighty stronghold. For art enthusiasts, the Deal Maritime and Local History Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the town’s maritime heritage. Delve into captivating exhibitions that showcase the seafaring traditions and tales of Deal’s past.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

No visit to Deal is complete without savouring its culinary delights. Explore the town’s vibrant dining scene, where charming cafes and restaurants offer a wide array of gastronomic experiences. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, from succulent fish and chips to mouthwatering oysters, at one of the many seaside eateries. For a taste of local flavors, seek out traditional Kentish dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. With an abundance of culinary options, Deal promises to satisfy even the most discerning palates.

Discover the Surrounding Area

While Deal itself offers plenty to explore, take the opportunity to venture further afield and discover the treasures of the surrounding area. Embark on a day trip to nearby Walmer Castle and Gardens, another historic fortress with beautiful gardens and stunning coastal views. For nature enthusiasts, the White Cliffs of Dover are within reach, boasting awe-inspiring landscapes and hiking trails that reward you with breathtaking vistas of the English Channel.

In collaboration with, but all views and photos are my own.