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“Classic Tudor Castle”
Review of Deal Castle

Deal Castle
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Deal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably the best example of a Tudor castle being much different from a typical medieval one. This is squat and round with six round bastions to suit the warfare of that period. It is quite small but had tremendous firepower at that time. It was designed to keep the French at bay although no invasion was actually mounted by them.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice to walk around on a sunny afternoon , near enough to town to walk to and it's a nice walk along the seafront for everyone to enjoy . Good walkway for children and older people .

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

It is probably a good idea to visit Deal Castle, along with Walmer and in that order. Deal still has the history of a fortress, whereas Walmer became a residence and gardens.

There is a car park - be careful not to miss it. Google maps took us round the sea front road, so we did and ended up parking some distance away.

The Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539 to protect England against French attack, and was used intermittently after that, during the English Civil Wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the 2nd World War when a battery of the Royal Artillery was based here to protect the coast.

English Heritage have created new displays in the living spaces in the Keep to interpret the castle through the people who were linked to it (such as Henry VIII) and who stayed there. I'm surprised they were allowed to do as much as they have done with graphics on the walls of the upper floor, but good for them. There are also audio guides at key points. The lower floor is a circular maze and is easy to get lost - perhaps the intention of the original builders? It would help to have more explanation of these areas.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Looks more interesting from the outside than the inside. Got more information by talking to the guy in the shop than I did going round the place. Very disappointing.

Thank 753anthonyl
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Such a tiny castle but very sweet. Not much in the way of "furnishings" but we did walk the tunnels or alleys beneath the bastions which was interesting. King Henry VIII's castle was an artillery fortress built back in 1539 and we couldn't get to see the second tier, just the section with the cannons overlooking the moat. There is a little gift shop and you can get more information if you need, but it's a quick tour unless you're visiting for some special show or exhibit. The castle has seen its fair share of wars, ships, pirates and still it stands proud. If you're a history buff, you'll love this castle.

Thank Adrienne P
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