The ice cream colours of Deal will give the perfect backdrop to a fun and relaxing break in this charming English seaside town.

With its Saturday vintage market and boutique shops there’s browsing for those who love it. For others, there are pubs, cafes and great restaurants to try. Enough to do but not so much you cant relax. The walks are wonderful especially along the beach up to the White Cliffs of Dover or along to the sandy beaches of Sandwich Bay.

23 The Strand, Walmer, Deal CT14 7DX, UK
102 London Rd, Deal CT14 9TY, UK
120 Gladstone Rd, Walmer, Deal CT14 7EP, UK
Frog And Scot, High Street, Deal, UK

Deal Castle, Walmer, Deal, UK
The Salutation Hotel, Restaurant & Gardens, Knightrider Street, Sandwich, UK
Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover, UK
The Rose, High Street, Deal, UK
Hut 55, Marine Road, Walmer, Deal, UK
Deal Pier Kitchen, Pier, Beach Street, Deal, UK
Le Pinardier, High Street, Deal, UK
Pop Up Cafe, High Street, Deal, UK
Walmer Fish & Chips, The Strand, Walmer, Deal, UK
81 Beach Street, Deal, UK
Bangkok Pavillion, High Street, Deal, UK
The Ship Inn, Middle Street, Deal, UK
South Foreland Lighthouse, Upper Road, Saint Margaret's at Cliffe, Dover, UK
Deal Timeball Tower, Deal, UK
Mike's Bikes Deal, Marine Road, Walmer, Deal, UK
Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club, The Leas, Kingsdown, Deal, UK
Deal Visitor Information Centre, High Street, Deal, UK
Victoria Park, Mill Road, Deal, UK
Bridleway Riding School, Riding Centre, Station Road, Walmer, Deal, UK
Balmoral Surgery, Canada Road, Walmer, Deal, UK
Maison Dieu Veterinary Group - Dover, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, UK
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Ramsgate Road, Margate, UK
Aspendos, 12 King Street, Dover, UK

Things To Do

You don’t have to be a historian to enjoy the tales of smugglers and the historic myriad of escape tunnels built in the Second World War along the Kent coastline. Steeped in history, the area is fascinating, the countryside beautiful and then there are the beaches – you can’t beat it.


On the Front
Pink and pale lemon, blue and cream, we love the higgledy-piggledy Georgian houses which make up the centrepiece of the seafront and Old Town of Deal. With its vintage vibe, this thriving creative area is fun to browse, stopping off at one of the many good cafes - Hog and Bean with its curved windows is one of our favourite places for coffee or brunch in Deal.
The Boatmen’s Reading Room is a stone’s throw from the area surrounding Middle Street north of King Street and the pedestrian area of the High Street up to around Alfred Square. Wander the narrow roads and tight lanes with period two up two downs opening right onto the pavement. Easy to get a feel for what it would have been like in the days of smugglers and bootleggers.

Deal’s contemporary art scene is lively, with many art galleries to explore.

For little ones
Deal is a haven for those who love to paddle. We’ve spent many an hour by the huge paddling pool (open in summer months) just a few hundred metres from the house. Rockpools and the beach will keep a small person busy, with refreshments available at plenty of cafes, another favourite is The Sea Café opposite the house. Here we settle on the grass and enjoy a well-earned ice cream. You may come across the bandstand holding one of their regular concerts in summer and there’s always the famous Lifeboat to visit.

Foodie heaven
Good food is always a big pull, there’s plenty available in Deal. From a fabulous selection of cafes where you can sample all kinds of cakes and coffee to pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. No need to cook but if you love to, we’ve added a few of our favourite food shops.

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More About The Area



Turn towards the beach, a few paces more and there you are, right or left – your choice. With miles of footpaths along the coastline, exploration starts here. To the left you will follow the walkway past the town, towards Deal Castle and from here you can head towards Sandwich Bay.
Take the route to your right and you’ll end up in the charming seaside village of Kingsdown, passing Walmer Castle with its stunning gardens on the way. It’s an easy walk to the 16th Century Walmer Castle the entire path surface is tarmac and flat, there are even benches spaced at regular intervals all the way along the walk. For longer walks, keep going on to the White Cliffs of Dover and even check out South Foreland Lighthouse. (The Cafe is great!)
Our dogs love going inland too and we’ve found a wonderful circular 4.5 mile walk which starts at Goodnestone Church, just a 20 minute drive from Deal.

Another idea would be a short walk, not far from the villages of Walmer and Kingsdown, offering some great views from Hawkshill Freedown. This common ground is a public area of open grassland with a brilliant outlook across the surrounding countryside, the English Channel and on a clear day, the coast of France.

The walk also passes the Walmer Castle which formed part of a line of defence along the edge of the Downs. Now owned by English Heritage, the castle is home to a collection of memorabilia from the Duke of Wellington.

For those happy to go a little further, there are lovely walks from Kingsdown – a favourite with our dogs. We recommend a lunch or drinks stop at the Zetland Arms, serving fresh fish caught off the Kent coast. Look out for the purple-pink sea pea, very like the sweet pea plant that we have at home.

A little further down the coast you’ll find Pegwell Bay Country Park, a well-established Nature Reserve, home to thousands of migrating birds, rich coastal grasses and superb views. Dogs are welcome on leads as the place is brimming with wildlife.

Short and sweet (Approx. 2 miles/30 minutes)

Getting Lost (Approx. 6 miles/60-90 minutes)


National Cycle Route 1, is parallel to the beach, just outside the house, which is a lovely place for children to cycle safely. You can hire bikes just across from the house on the National Cycle route. Check out the route going left from the house towards Sandwich, which follows a private road between the two towns with a nature reserve and clay pigeon shooting on the way. Sandwich is the closest sandy beach to Boatmans Reading Rooms. or Follow them on Instagram @hut55deal - They will even provide you with a picnic to take along on your trip!



Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We are spoilt for choice! There are 3 nature reserves close by.
Sandwich and Pegwell Bay for Photography and Bird Watching at this large waterfront park with a beach and playground
Westharrow Dunes Nature Reserve for Excellent for Children
Gazen Slats nature Reserve Sandwich for Beautiful parkland
Make sure you fit in an action-packed day out in the fresh air at the local Betteshanger Country Park. There are hundreds of trails to explore and adventures to have with den building and fossil hunting right in the heart of this former colliery. Bikes can be hired and used on the three-mile tarmac track or on the surrounding woodland tracks. Brilliant trails for mountain bikers too. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sweeping views of the East Kent Coastal plain.