Heritage Open Days Introduction

Heritage Open DaysHeritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival celebrating our history, architecture and culture.

This year, for the first time, the event will cover two weekends – the second and third weekends in September. In Deal and Walmer we have more events than ever before to fill that space, including 31 venues and two walks. Some of the venues are not normally open to the public whilst others have special exhibitions and all of them are completely free.
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Winter Museum Opening

The Timeball Tower and Deal Maritime and Local History Museum are now closed for the winter whilst the volunteers rest and prepare exhibits for next year.

Deal Castle and Walmer Castle are open at weekends during the winter and are open at some additional times during holidays.

For links to all of our heritage places, see our Historic places to visit page.

Conservation Area exhibition at the museum

Fifty years ago, an Act of Parliament was passed which enabled Councils to designate Conservation Areas. Within months, Middle Street Conservation area in Deal was created – the first in Kent and one of the first in the country.

To commemorate the anniversary of conservation areas, The Deal Society is showing an exhibition in the Deal Maritime and Local History Museum, from Tuesday 13 June to Sunday 25 June, to explain the history of conservation areas and why they are still important.

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Easter Museum Opening

As our museums gear up to their opening for another year, here are their opening times over the Easter weekend (14 to 17 April).

Deal Castle: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 10am to 6pm

Maritime and Local History Museum: Friday (2pm to 4.30pm), Saturday (11am to 4.30pm), Sunday and Monday (12 noon to 4pm)

Timeball Tower: Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 11:30am to 4:30pm

Walmer Castle: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 10am to 6pm