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.[a]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.

Although it remained armed, Deal was adapted by Sir John Norris and Lord Carrington during the 18th and 19th centuries to form a more suitable private house for the castle's captain, which was by now an honorary position. In 1904, the War Office concluded that the castle no longer had any value either as a defensive site or as a barracks and it was opened to the public when the captain was not in residence. Early in the Second World War, the captain's quarters were destroyed by German bombing, forcing Deal's then-captain, William Birdwood, to move to Hampton Court Palace and the castle became an observation post for an artillery battery placed along the shore line. The castle was not brought back into use as a residence and was restored by the government during the 1950s to form a tourist attraction



Deal Castle

  • Marine Rd, Walmer, Deal CT14 7BA

    Please arrive in good time to ensure you are not late - everyone on the event must attend the briefing and late arrivals may not be able to join us once we have started.
    Arrival from19:45  ------ Event starts at 20:00 pm - 01:00 am

    BY CAR
    Directions to Deal Castle | English Heritage
    Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking free for members. Parking, including disabled visitor parking, is available in the large car park next to the castle. Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many ...

    There is onsite car parking at the castle and after 5pm it is free, please be advised that the car park is very poorly lit and there are trip hazards in the car park - don't forget your torch

    Please Note: You should come prepare with a torch and camera (if you want to take pictures-video) Warm clothing and flat comfortable footware. As floors in a lot of the buildings we investigate are not quite even.

    Will will not allow entrance to anyone under the influence of drink,drugs or anti-social behaviour.

    You will be aked to leave and we will not refund your ticket money  as per our terms & condition. This is for the safty  and enjoyment of everyone attending the event.


    Bring warm clothing. Many of the locations we visit are not heated. The temperature inside the some of these building can be colder than outside.

    Wear comfortable sturdy shoes, trainers or boots (please no stilettos). Many locations also consist of many floors and steps. If you have mobility issues, please check with us before booking.

    Bring a torch. As some areas within the various locations have steep, uneven and narrow staircases, walking can be hazardous. Crew member will be escorting you around throughout the night.

    Please under no circumstances leave the group you have been allocated too. If you need to visit the toilets, then tell a crew member who will go with you.


  • 8th February 2020

    Times Saturday 20:00 pm to Sunday 01:00 am

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