Unfortunately the ferries no longer use Folkestone harbour, but it is still a place to watch the fishing boats and their crew go about their business of unloading their catch. It is a busy little place and there are benches to sit on and watch the world go by.
Folkestone beach has always been very popular ever since i was a kid, its set in a natural bay with clean soft sand and no rocks to stub your big toe on. These days Folkestone beach has got the blue flag award for clean beaches, but it was not like that when i was a kid, just to the bottom of the photo used to be a huge sewage outlet which used to pump raw sewage into the bay at high tide, but in recent years they have built a massive treatment plant, which is in the top of the photo, and the problem is no more
This is Folkestones oldest street, it leads from the town to the harbour at the bottom, there are some lovely little shops down this road too. Well worth a walk to the bottom, but its a killer on the legs when you walk back up
I remember this street when most of the shops were stilll open and there was more life in it. unfortunately this is no longer the case. Most of the shops have closed down. The street itself is lovely and goes form the main shopping area down to the harbour.
This is the Folkestone inner harbour, where all the fishing trawlers bring in there catch in high tide. Its totally surounded by sea walls so it stays calm even on a rough day. The photo shows the hotel Burstin in the background, and the old railway that used to take the passengers on to the cross channel ferries, this is a great place to walk on a sunny sunday morning
This is the folkestone war memorial which is placed stratigicaly at the top of a road called rememberence hill, it has special meanings for me because my fathers father is listed on the memorial for loosing his life in the 2nd world war, and it is also the gathering place every year on rememberence sunday where reathes are laid at the memorial
This photo shows both of folkestone piers, the one in the background used to take people to france on the cross channel ferries untill its closure a few years ago, the nearest cross channel service is now in the port of Dover
This is part of radnor park, its a large open area of green set aside for all forms of outdoor persuits, this photo is of the fishing pond. Its founder member Lord Radnor can be found in my travelogues under RADNOR PARK
The Leas Cliff Hall is Folkestone's premier entertainment venue and is also available for private hire for parties, conferences etc. At first look you could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a large ice cream kiosk but that is just the entrance foyer. The main part of the building is underground being built into the cliffs below. Behind the entrance foyer, which is on the Leas, is a large balcony giving great views of the Channel and the harbour area. I remember visiting the Leas Cliff Hall in the 1970's to watch wrestling, nowadays much of the entertainment is music or comedy shows. You can check listings and book online on their website.
This is a view of Folkeston's inner harbour where all the boats are moored, there has been talk for years now about a luxury marina being built but i think that would spoil the beauty of Folkestone harbour, to the left of the photo shows the old coast guard tower which is no longer in use
This photo shows one of the oldest working rollercoasters in the world, its made entirely of wood. But alas because of the imminant closure of the fun park this rollercoaster and all the other rides are soon to be sold and the land redeveloped in the name of progress. I have a lot of memories of the Rotunda and it will be a very sad day when they knock it to the ground
This photo was taken on Folkestone's busyest day of the year when the Folkestone and shepway air show takes place. An estimated 120,000 people flock to Folkestone to whitness on of the best air shows in England, and as you can see theres not an inch of space left on the beach so if you dicide to visit the air show, get here early for the best vantage points
This is another view of the Folkestone rotunda and probably the last one you will ever see. This week the old place which has been there for decades has been sold and it is to be pulled down to make way for a new development. It will be a sad day for me because i have all my childhood memories crammed into that place, i suppose you can't stop progress can you. i will keep you informed of any development
This is the old swing bridge in Folkestone harbour. The old steam trains used to chug down to the harbour to collect people from the cross channel paddle steamers, and this brilliant piece of engineering used to turn the steam trains around fof the journey home. Sadly wit the demise of the cross channel ferries from Folkestone this section of railway has not been used for years
Sadly not much now remains of the famous rotunda amusement park, this is one of the only buildings still standing, its the second dome, the first dome and the original was demolished a couple of years ago, this was once a thriving area and packed with holiday makers enjoying a fun day at the seaside amusements but now its all gone, but i still have my memories