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The local area guide to living in Deal

Deal located in Kent, bordering the English Channel and close by the town of Walmer, where Julius Caesar is said to have first set foot on Britain. The French coast is only 25 miles away from the town, and can sometimes be seen when weather permits. Deal itself is known as a charming seaside town, with picturesque, multi-coloured houses lining the promenade. Those near the seafront often include the remnants of tunnels and hideaways that were used by smugglers before the 19th Century.

There’s all sorts of interesting accommodation in the area, with everything from new, modern flats and houses, to converted barracks and churches available. There are also three castles, which date back to the Tudor era.

The town’s mile-long pier also speaks to its heritage as a fishing town, with navy ships and lifeboats playing an important role in the local history. After the introduction of steam ships, the town’s use as a ship shelter declined, while tourism in the area rose.

Information about the local residents

There are approximately 1.5 million residents in Kent County, though Deal has a relatively small population of 30,000. The largest age group is 14 to 44 year olds, with 35% of the population fitting into this category. In second place is those of the ages 45 to 64, with 24% of residents falling into this group.

Many jobs in the local area lie in the service and retail sectors, while commuters often find work in the tourism trade, either from the English Channel in Dover, or Discovery Park in Sandwich.

Nearby schools

There are plenty of choices for under 11s in Deal, with six primary schools to choose from; including the popular choices of Hornbeam, The Downs C of E School, and Sandown Primary School. Those looking for private education options can attend Dover College, or the independent Northbourne Primary School, which takes both day and boarding pupils, aged 3 to 18 years.

Secondary school pupils often attend the local Castle Community College, which has academy status and favourable results. There’s also Walmer Science College, which includes a Sixth Form college, and a, highly unique, Maritime Studies Centre.

There’s are also two independent schools that cater for pupils with special educational needs – Brewood Secondary School, for students aged 11 to 18 years, and Ripple Vale School, for boys aged seven to 16 years.

For further education, students have the option of commuting 15 miles to nearby Canterbury, where they’ll find the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, or attending one of the local college campuses – K College in Dover or Canterbury College in East Kent.

Getting around

The easiest route into Deal for drivers is via the A259, while the A2 and M20 run through nearby Dover, where you can also find the Eurotunnel.

Those travelling by public transport will find a regular service of buses and coaches, both around town and to surrounding areas, as well as a railway station in the town which runs a high-speed train to London St Pancras.

Local shops

As well as all the delicacies you’d expect to find in an English seaside town – quaint cafes, ice cream and fish and chips – Deal also offers a variety of quirky independent stores and speciality shops. Everything from vintage fashion to artisan chocolates to Italian pastries can be found on and around the high street. Culture-seekers can also enjoy a variety of museums and exhibitions in the town art gallery.

Each week, two markets run in the town – the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and the Saturday market. The former is held in Town Hall, while the latter takes place in Union Road car park and features an eclectic selection of clothes, toys, jewellery and more.

There’s no shortage of entertainment in Deal and it has four separate golf clubs – including the famous Royal St George’s, which hosted The Open in 2011. There are also tennis courts, a skate park and a 200 acre country park, as well as multiple sports clubs; including running, rowing, sailing and cycling – which make use of the town’s 3.5km cycle track.

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