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Amble along this beautiful coastline, taking in three magnificent castles and a lighthouse, then discover the heritage and natural beauty of Deal all in a day.

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Historical Dover to Deal Coastal Route

Amble along this beautiful coastline, taking in three magnificent castles and a lighthouse, then discover the heritage and natural beauty of Deal all in a day.

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Dover to Deal: 3 Castles Walk

Start your walking route at the National Trust White Cliffs Visitor Centre. It provides free parking to members but charges apply to other visitors – you can check opening times here.

See amazing views of Dover Castle from your cliff top start point and follow the path towards the South Foreland Lighthouse where you will see chalk grassland that is home to many unusual plants and insects.

The White Cliffs of Dover are an official Icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries and have a fascinating military and penal history.

Dover to Deal: 3 Castles Walk
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South Foreland Lighthouse

Stop off at the South Foreland Lighthouse and take a short pit-stop at Mrs Knotts tearoom – treat yourself to a piece of cake and a hot drink in the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

The Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners and to guide them through the Straight of Dover. The lighthouse was the first to display an electric light anywhere in the world!

South Foreland Lighthouse
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The Pines Garden Museum

Visit the Pines Garden Museum and admire the wonderfully organically managed garden which has a grass labyrinth, a lake and hugelkultur beds growing food crops and edible flowers.

The Pines Garden Museum
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Zetland Arms Pub

Take a break for lunch and enjoy the ocean views and fresh seafood caught off the Kent coast at the Zetland Arms pub in Deal.

Look forward to a homely, traditional feel with a nautical theme to the décor to reflect the seafaring spirit of this little gem of a pub.

Zetland Arms Pub
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Walmer Castle

Continue along your walk after lunch and take a visit to Walmer Castle and explore eight acres of award-winning gardens with flower-filled borders, wildflower meadows, a kitchen garden and discover some woodland walks.

Take a look inside the castle and discover secrets and stories from the castle’s past. Built on the orders of Henry VIII to defend England’s southern shores.

Walmer Castle
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Deal Castle

Venture past the beach edge, dotted with pretty fish boats and keep straight on to Deal Castle.

Deal Castle is one of the finest Tudor artillery castle in England built on the orders of King Henry VIII.

Explore the castle from the tunnels below to the battlements above and find out how Henry’s turbulent reign shaped England’s defenses!

Deal Castle
DinnerPlaces to EatFood & Drink

The Lane Cafe & Restaurant

Find yourself at The Lane for dinner at your last itinerary spot. The Lane is a small funky restaurant specialising in Afternoon Teas and homemade burgers.

The Lane offers a range of vegan, vegetarian, dairy free & gluten free options too.

The Lane


Arriving: Explore this area by either parking at the White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre, travelling on the Southeastern railway to Dover Priory and/or by taxi to the White Cliffs.

Departing: On your journey home you can take the Southeastern railway train from Deal back to your destination.

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