Deal Castle is an Attraction.
Built by the order of King Henry VIII, Deal Castle is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts built between 1539 and 1547 – a time when the king feared invasion from the united Catholic powers of Europe. All share the distinctive circular design found at Deal, which was intended to protect the forts from all angles.
Explore the castle from the tunnels below to the battlements above, and visit the exhibition to find out how Henry's turbulent reign shaped England's defences. With displays, children's activities and fascinating artefacts, the whole family can enjoy the rich and varied history of the castle alongside stories of the people who lived and worked there.
Deal was the middle, and largest of the ‘three castles in the Downs’. Walmer Castle and Gardens is just a mile along the coast, linked by a pleasant beachfront walking and cycle path; what remains of Sandown Castle, largely destroyed by coastal erosion, is now a volunteer-run community garden.
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