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For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle.
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. A new permanent exhibition is now on display at the castle, revealing how Henry VIII’s fears for the safety and security of his realm shaped the country’s defences and his own married life. With new displays, audio and children’s activities supported by contemporary artefacts, the whole family can now explore the rich and varied history of the castle alongside the stories of the people who lived and worked there for over four hundred years.
If you enjoy cycling, a pleasant cycle path links Deal and Walmer Castles along the beachfront.
Witness Europe in the 16th Century with the new map table exhibit
Examine never before seen objects from our collection
Explore the dark passages beneath the bastions, where children can don a pair of wellies, grab a wooden musket and find the voices of the past
Discover the castle's fascinating layers of history at the new historic graffiti lounge, where children can design their own motifs whilst parents relax