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“Deal - Recently voted as having the best High Street in the UK” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Deal Old Town

Deal Old Town
Middle Street, Deal, England
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Ranked #1 of 11 Shopping in Deal
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Deal, United Kingdom
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“Deal - Recently voted as having the best High Street in the UK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Fancy a day out? A visit to this quaint little town that has something for everyone should be on the cards! A excellent beach, historical conservation area with lots of interesting architecture, cottages, and tiny streets interlinking to a fantastic high street with many unique shops and cafe's await you.
Visit the seafront and the many memorial benches and fishing vessels. There are two castles, built in Tudor times during the reign of Henry VIII. The Time Ball Tower linked by telegraph to Greenwich so the ships in The Downs could re set their chronometers when the time ball lowered every day in the 1800's. There is a lovely pier which you can stroll down. This was the last seaside pier to be built in England. There is great food to be had in the many wonderful cafe's and restaurants, ice cream parlours, pubs and wines bars with entertainment in the evenings. If you have children the open air paddling pool in the Summer or the indoor fun pool if the weather isn't so good will keep the children amused. Excellent selection of fish and chip shops offering locally caught fish. The high street has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and buzzes with locals and visitors and lives up to the town motto "Befriend a Stranger" If you like walking you can go along the seafront to Walmer and on to the small village of Kingsdown. If you walk in a northerly direction you will find the ruined remains of Deal's third Tudor castle "Sandown Castle" which was reclaimed by the sea over 100 years ago. If you continue walking on from here along the coast line for several miles you will find yourself in the ancient port of Sandwich which has a myriad of medieval buildings believed to be the most surviving in any town. There are many useful links for visitors on the internet
Enjoy your visit soon!

Visited February 2014
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“Something for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Deal old town has something for every. With shops, restaurant, pubs and lots of history. There are lots of information points, dating back centuries. It is also a stones throw from the beach (literally ). It has market on a Wednesday and Saturday, and the toutrist information centre, Where you can find out more details about deal. You can also pick up free maps about what is in deal to see and do, from here and the local independant shops. For those in the know there are also geocaches and sighter site, and a munzee.

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“Georgian bliss by the sea with funky food and shopping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Deal is a great escape from City life, architecturally beautiful, historically exciting but best of all independent bars, restaurants and shops that would not be out of place in Blackheath or Wimbledon Village. A great location for a day trip or weekend. Try 81 for its modern British cuisine and Borough Wines for its amazing French wines sold by the glass. Vintage furniture hunters will adore Mileage and there's plenty to tempt your purse in Carried Away and Greencades - two gift shops in the old town. When your feet are tired stop for a slice of cake and coffee and relax watching the day pass. BLISS

Visited January 2014
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“A lovely town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I take my Mum in the summer as she has many happy childhood memories of the town. Always lovely to sit on the front and see the world go by. A friendly and warm welcome in the shops always makes the trip even better.

Visited August 2013
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“A HIDDEN GEM -PLUS INTERESTING SHOPPING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I always take visitors for a stroll through Middle Street when they visit Deal and combine it with a look around the lovely independent shops located at the Northern end of the High Street. Middle Street was once home to Carry On Star Charles Hawtrey and his home has a Blue Plaque to celebrate this. A Visit to The Ship pub gives you a real feel of old Deal with its display of ship memorabilia. The pub gets packed for happy half hour most weekday nights from 5.30pm to 6.00pm. There are several delightful shops in the North end including Mileage who sell up-cycled furniture and have a fabulous tea station where you can enjoy the finest teas and home-made cakes. Petite Brocante who sell a mix of collectables and object d'art, Magpie who have a mix of vintage items and furniture, Taylor, Smith and Jones who make lovely silver jewellery and hand-made gifts, Greencades who sell over 100 different herbs and spice including their own unusual blends and an array of greeting cards, gifts and jewellery, Carried Away selling great home-style accessories and children's clothes and goods. Joanne Harmer selling fine art and bespoke gift-wear, in fact the best place for Christmas or summer shopping if you want to escape the dull and boring mainstream stores one usually finds on a High Street these days.

Visited August 2013
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