Deal Castle

Schools

Let your students explore one of Henry VIII's finest artillery castles and find out what life was like for the people who lived and worked here.

"Deal Castle allows young learners to capture the historical experience of defending the town of Deal and the coastline from attack. It provides a factual learning journey from King Henry's time to the present day that is both engaging and informative, and plenty of fun can be had!"

Anna Palmer, Early Years Teacher

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS1 English: Use the castle as a platform for developing stories and fairy-tales
  • KS1 Mathematics: Focus on the main shapes of the building
  • KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: A local history study. The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745

Free self-led visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit and lead your day in your own way. Your students can explore the defences, discover the bastions and see the cannons. Let them experience Deal Castle for themselves, and learn what a Tudor fort is, why and how it was built, and the reasons why it was so important to the local area. 

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There is a large car park located next to the castle, with disabled parking available opposite. There is no coach parking available on site, however there are spaces for coaches available 500m away from the castle entrance.
    • TOILETS: There is one male and one female toilet located in the keep yard.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds and the education space can be used for lunch in bad weather.
    • SHOP: There is a shop selling a selection of English Heritage gifts and themed souvenirs. We recommend bringing your class in small groups.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: The gatehouse, courtyard and the ground floor of the castle are all accessible to wheelchair users. Other areas of the site are accessed via staircases and people with limited mobility may need some assistance.
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