Folkestone is a large resort which combines elegance and tradition. The town is characterised by wide leafy suburbs, cinnamon brick buildings and Georgian stone columns. The resort is unusual, with a cliff-top Victorian promenade instead of a conventional seafront. Venture down its dramatic white cliffs and enjoy expansive beaches with excellent facilities.
Alternatively, head to Folkestone’s large, vibrant harbour with its private launches, fishing boats and cross-channel ferries. Further inland is the Old Town and the pedestrianised cobbled high street with its excellent range of shops. In contrast to the Leas and the harbour, the town centre is dominated by a relaxed, village-like atmosphere.
The resort offers watersports activities, cycling and rambling for the more active and art galleries, museums, gardens and wildlife centres for those who like to take things at a more leisurely pace. From the resort it is possible to explore the diverse natural beauty of Kent, from lush, fertile valleys to majestic white cliffs, or to wander through charming old villages with atmospheric pubs and traditional shops.
Discover the county’s rich history which spans from the landings of Julius Caesar and St Augustine to the present day. If, however, the beauty and interest of Kent is not enough, trips to France, either by ferry or via the Channel Tunnel can be easily arranged in Folkestone (passport required for trips to France).
We use the Grand Burstin Hotel, a large modern hotel which is located on the harbourside.
Folkestone’s town centre is something of an oasis of calm in comparison to the bustle of its harbour and the liveliness of its promenade. The Creative Quarter in Folkestone’s Old High Street is awash with arts and crafts, while Sandgate and Hythe are good places to spot antiques and collectibles.
Although Folkestone lacks a conventional sea-front, it boasts an excellent sandy bathing beach at East Cliff Sands, which lies at the foot of its cliff crowned by a Martello tower.