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Deal Castle is an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII in Deal, Kent, between 1539 and 1540. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire and defended the strategically important Downs anchorage off the English coast. Comprising a keep with six inner and outer bastions, the moated stone castle covered 0.85 acres (0.34 ha) and had sixty-six firing positions for artillery. It cost the Crown a total of £27,092 to build the three castles of Deal, Sandown and Walmer, which lay adjacent to one another along the coast and were connected by earthwork defences. The original invasion threat passed but, during the Second English Civil War of 1648–49, Deal was seized by pro-Royalist insurgents and was only retaken by Parliamentary forces after several months' fighting.
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A really interesting castle - never seen one like it. The basement tunnels were fun - you probably need the wellies that are provided even if you don't believe it. Pick up a fake rifle too, just because! Why not?
Interesting castle to visit on the way - not huge but it has a fascinating shape and layout. You can wander around almost everywhere on the lower floors but not outside above the ground level, which is a bit of a shame. Interesting bits of archeological items displayed here and there - probably could do with a few more boards/items, especially the lower floors are a bit bare.
A tad bland for just visiting the castle. Not much about the history of the place. We'll preserved. No coffee shop, just a mobile one in the car park. OK if you make it a day trip. In this case visit some of the seafood places along the seafront.
Very quaint castle which is not too big. Unlike Diver castle it is more compact and has a lot fewer stairs. Really enjoyed my time here.
I love Deal and I love castles so I have been to this one 3 times... it's a beautiful shape and location (by the sea) but fairly empty inside, not a lot to do in there, no café. .. on the other hand I went there as a kid and never forgot it, it was one of the reasons I was drawn back to the area.
Lovely easy to enter historic building. Parking was free but noted pay and display machines going in hope it remains free to castle visitors. Good snack van in the car park too
Deal castle is an absolute gem. It is small enough to see in an hour or two but don't let that fool you. Exploring the castle is great fun, it has a remarkable layout that keeps you guess where you might end up next. There are interesting displays and you don't get the stuffy museum-like atmosphere that pervades some of the grander castles. After your visit chill out with a cappuccino at the coffee truck outside.
English heritage place. Well preserved. But very little to add beyond that. There is a car park next to the castle and parking in the nearby streets is free - just head away from the town centre
A robust Fort and delicious jams and gins I have the castle shop, although there are areas of this castle that wheelchair users or those with pushchairs may not be able to enjoy due to tight spaces and steep stairs, however this won't take any experience away from the rest of this beautiful site situated in deal with fantastic views of the sea and stone beach.
Very interesting and very well maintained The staff were very friendly and helpful. The small snack bar in the car park next to the castle was good and the bacon roll was very welcome after the castle visit.
An interesting place kids love running round the tunnels on the lower floor although it's a bit wet at the moment but they do provide a few pairs of wellies
Really an interesting castle to visit. Its flower petal shape is intriguing. The outside is done quickly if you're not much into canons. The inside and especially the ground floor is a small logical maze -the mind is confused by the rounded shapes. They offer wood replica of the guns of the time. Perfect to keep young kids active. One room has also a 3D puzzle of the castle to do.