In 1538 Henry VIII built this fortress in answer to the threat of invasion by
France and Spain. In the shape of a Tudor rose, Deal Castle is the largest of the
three castles built around the same time, the others being Walmer and Sandown.
Inside cavernous, with galleries and barracks, it was built to garrison 24 men
and their Captain.
In 1615, Deal castle was reported as being in
a dangerous condition. The sea had eaten away at the wall and the lantern was decayed.
Repairs were delayed till 1634.
During the Civil War, all was quiet for five years, but in 1647 the Great Kent
Rebellion began, commonly known as ‘Plum Pudding Riots’. Parliament had abolished Christmas
and this was the last straw. Royalists, took the castle in 1648, following a three-week
siege, which inflicted more damage to the castle, they were defeated.
Improvements and additions were made in 18th and 19th centuries, but these were
destroyed by German bombs in 1941, during World War II, leaving the castle in it’s original
Deal Castle Visitor Info
Deal Castle has been a national monument since 1904 and is now
in the hands of English Heritage.
The castle is open for visits and there are Audio tour available in English,
French, German and Dutch.
For more information about Deal Castle tours, opening hours and tickets visit
the official website.
Deal Castle Map&Location
Deal Castle address: Victoria Road , Deal , Kent CT14 7BA, United Kingdom. Get
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Deal Castle beach
Deal Castle courtyard and walls
Deal Castle tower
Deal Castle entrance