We hope this section will provide you with an insight into what Kingsdown and Deal can offer you. You will find more information on the Deal Information Centre website.
Kingsdown is a traditional, small Kent village with a couple of pubs, a butcher, hairdresser and small newsagent store selling basic supplies, newspapers and magazines. A short drive will bring you to the town of Deal which has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a romantic break with a stroll along the pier and a quiet dinner for two, a family break where games on the beach and letting off steam in Walmer or Deal Castle are your idea of heaven, or perhaps you love to research the history of towns and cities with winding streets, unique local shops with architectural interest… whatever your needs, we think you will find the area has much to offer.
What are the shops like?
If you like the thought of strolling into Deal for coffee and a yummy, freshly baked treat, you won’t be disappointed! Try visiting the No Name Deli and Bistro (Yes, that really is the name!) Brand names such as Marks & Spencer, Costa, WH Smith and Boots can be found nestled among the more unique gift and craft shops. Sainsburys and Co-0perative supermarkets can be found by Deal Train Station
What about eating out?
We highly recommend Victuals and Co great food, great service in a relaxed and welcoming restaurant. Perhaps best for special dinners and nights out. Also popular is 81 Beach Street, an excellent bistro/restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Situated by the beach, The Royal Hotel has a bar area, restaurant and lounge overlooking the sea making it an ideal place for meeting friends or for families looking for a relaxing place to eat. There are other cafe’s and a host of other coffee shops.
What about eating in?
Deal has a Sainsburys and a Co-op and outside of Deal you will find Tesco and Asda but why not shop locally whenever you can.
Allotment, 119 High St, Deal, Local, organic produce.
Jenkins & Son Fishmongers 118, High St, Deal. A wide range of fresh fish.
J.C. Rook & Sons, 77-79 High St, Deal, a HUGE selection of meats, eggs, cheeses, pies and pastries.
What is there to do in the local area?
On Wednesdays in Deal you will find the Farmer’s Market and on Saturdays you will find a general market selling a wide range of goods from deli food, fish, clothes, furniture and household goods.
During May to September you can enjoy a free open air concert at the Memorial Bandstand in Walmer. The Bandstand was originally built in 1992 and is now in rememberance of the bombing of the Deal Royal Marines School of Music in 1989. The concerts take place on a Sunday from 2pm. Why not take a picnic and chairs and enjoy the fresh air?
The Deal and Kingsdown area is ideal for walking and cycling. Cycle hire is available, so why not cycle from Deal to Kingsdown along the seafront. Benches are provided along the route to stop and enjoy the scenery. In Kingsdown you will find the Zetland Arms pub, actually situated on the beach so treat yourself to that well earned drink!
King Henry VIII ordered Deal Castle to be built. You are able to explore all of the castle including the Captain’s residency, the store rooms and see the cannons. Walmer Castle and Gardens was the residence for the Queen Mother and is also the official residence for the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The gardens are well worth a visit as are the many rooms in the house.
I like to get out in the fresh air and enjoy exercise – what is there for me?
Deal boasts two high quality golf courses and others can be found just a short drive away.
Are you keen on fishing? Did you know you are able to take part in sea angling from the pier and also on the beach?
There are also places for swimming, tennis, and skateboarding to name but a few.
Betteshanger Country Park which is just outside Deal, off the A258 Sholden, offers great walking routes, cycle paths and a nature reserve all on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery spoil tip. Bike hire is also available.
My children love paddling in the sea but love swimming pools too – can they do that?
Whilst staying at Pebbles Seaside Lodge you have free access to the indoor heated swimming pool on site, with a baby pool and lifeguards. You might choose to do an activity away from the site for a while, perhaps visit Tides Leisure Pool which has slides, a wave machine and a shallow baby/toddler area. Walmer Paddling Pool open from May to September, is ideal for children 10 years and under. Here you will also find a bouncy castle, crazy golf and a refreshment kiosk.