While there was a castle in Deal, we decided that if we were going to pay to see a castle, we wanted to see a REAL castle. Our choice was in Dover, just 15-20 min. away. Dover Castle was founded in the 12th c. and has a long and very interesting history which you can read about in the Wiki article above, or at the English Heritage site. Now, on to the pictures!
This is the impressive gate that leads to the site. Just on the other side is the castle proper, but we had a suggestion to first check out the Roman lighthouse, which was built in the 1st c., and restored in the very early 14th c...THAT'S OLD YA'LL!
The lighthouse (on the left) attached to the Saxon-era church (next post).
It's amazing that this is still structurally sound after so many millenium.
The plaque to prove we didn't make this up.
Kristina at the entrance to the lighthouse.