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

Curriculum Links

  • KS1-3 History: Local History study
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own 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: Extend pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: 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. There is also an accessible toilet available - please ask a member of staff for access.
    • LUNCH: The shop sells a selection of snacks and ice-cream, as well as hot and cold drinks. The education space can be used for lunch in bad weather.
    • SHOP: Goody bags are available to pre-order.  If you are interested, please speak to a member of staff during your planning visit or phone the shop on 01304 372762.
    • ACCESIBILITY: 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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