Folkestone Travel Guide

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  • Low tide in the Harbour
    Low tide in the Harbour
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    Folkestone street scene
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Folkestone Highlights

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    CitizenTed says…

     Gorgeous sea views, good pubs/restaurants, gateway to France 

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    jolou says…

     Folkestone town centre - development pending for years now! 

  • In a nutshell
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    hundwalder says…

     Great B&B's if you can't afford those in London. 

Folkestone Things to Do

  • Ride the Leas Cliff Lift

    After many years and a recent scare that the lift would be lost forever, the second car was replaced and to commemorate the 125th anniversary, the lift is once again open to the public and fully operational.The fare is 90p per journey per adult and it is well worth that to get down to the Lower Leas and the Harbour from the Leas and the main town.

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  • jelly Eal's and whelks

    have you ever been discussed by a local people while you're enjoying a local food? well, if you want to experience it, go to folkestone harbour.That's the place I keep visiting every time when I'm in folkestone, I love chewing the sweetness from whelks, while many locals can't appreciate their local food, and call them"tasteless". I love the...

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  • Take a stroll along the Leas

    The Leas is effectively Folkestone's promenade, although due to the coastline it actually sits some way above sea level. It includes squares and gardens and was designed in the mid 1800's by Decimus Burton who also worked on buildings and gardens at London Zoo and Kew Gardens. There is also a bandstand (sadly not the original) where events take...

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  • Visit the Harbour area

    If you are in Folkestone make some time to go to the harbour area and have a stroll through the railway arches. The harbour is tidal and the tide moves quickly so if you time it right you can watch the harbour change from a muddy mess into a flurry of activity as the fishing boats come in. Some of those boats will be replenishing the many fresh...

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  • Folkestone Trienniel

    The Trienniel is on during the summer of 2008 from June 14th to September 14th.Dotted around the town are artworks from a diverse bunch of artists including Kent girl Tracey Emins.The idea is to encourage visitors to walk round and see things for themselves guided by the artists.Excellent stuff.

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  • FOLKESTONE VIADUCT

    The railway viaduct in Folkestone is a huge monument and a huge testement to the skill of the victorian builders and engineers. Before the viaduct was built the main rail network terminated at Folkestone so a new rail link to Dover had to be built, the Architect and engineer who got the job was William Cubitt, work began on the viaduct in 1843 and...

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Folkestone Hotels

Folkestone Restaurants

  • great food, service and price

    Beano's is a great local restaurant. Not far from the harbour and serving vegetarian food. Service and quality of food is excellent. They offer a childrens party service and are very, very helpful. I have had 3 visits and all great. The hot chocolate and cakes are fab. The main meals we have had so far have been very good. Clean restaurant,with a...

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    From a small wooden shed Chummies has grown into a much bigger and better business and all the better for it.All kinds of fresh local shellfish can be served up either hot or cold or with a salad. Hot whelks on a cold day!

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  • Fresh seafood by the harbour

    Not a restaurnat but seafood stall on the Stade overlooking the harbour.All kinds of seafood to take home and eat at the thoughtfully provided benches. Prawns and cockles... they do jellied eels as well if you really want them.

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  • Italian Cuisine at its best

    My friend and I came here recently for her birthday and I must say for a small town this restaurant was excellent.The service was very good with the waiter and waitress eager to help and they both helped us with our choices as the menu is quite extensive. They also helped with the choice of the wine and actually told us the house one was the best!...

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  • Chinese Buffet

    Not really a bar although there is a small seating area at one end. The main business is an excellent all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and it is worth a mention just for that. No "all boiled rice and hunt the crispy duck" here, as attentive staff keep the varied and plentiful dishes well stocked. It's not cheap and you probably have to ask yourself...

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  • TRIED AND TESTED

    This is the old mans birthday cake presented by the owner. B,T,W, if your thinking of visiting his restaurant then hurry up coz he is retiring in a couple of years and closing down

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Folkestone Nightlife

  • Skuba Bar Folkestone - Fun & Lively Late...

    Directly opposite the Leas Cliff Hall so perfect for anyone watching a show or attending an event there. They have a great nightlife, bar staff are fun and they also have a restaurant and hotel. Played dance, chart and club music at the weekend until about 1am and do loads of events. Free entry all weekend and was the busiest bar in town....

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  • Peculiar Old Beer

    From outside it looks more of a club or a wine bar than a pub and not the sort of place I would normally choose to visit. However I was drawn in by the list of real ales advertised and was pleasantly surprised, where else can you find Theakstons Old Peculiar and Wadsworth 6X on adjacent pumps, and the quality was excellent. There are two bars with...

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  • Olde Worlde Pub

    A real old tourist friendly pub which is hidden away on the Bayle near the churchyard. Serves Green King ales and guests and has a separate area for food. Nice old building, a library "snug" and some intriguing doors that you imagine could once have lead to secret passages. Closes in the afternoons.

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Folkestone Transportation

  • The Cliff Lift on the Leas

    From the top of the Leas to the beach is quite a long drop and a very steep walk back up. To accommodate this there is a funicular railway/lift that connects the two. It dates back to 1885 and is looking a bit sad these days. From the notice outside it looks as if it only operates regularly between Easter and October. Outside of this period it only...

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  • MOTORWAYS

    The area of Folkestone is approched by 2 major motorways the main being the M20 and A20 which runs from Dover then Folkestone and then right through to London, an alternative way is to use the M2 or A2, this will take you from London via the outskirts of Canterbury and on to Dover where you can pick up the A20 to Folkestone

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  • ROUNDHILL TUNNEL

    Another photo of the roundhill tunnel, looking through to the northern end, which is one of the main roads into Folkestone. There is another tunnel which goes the other way towards Dover docks and beyond

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Folkestone Shopping

  • SHOPPING SHAMBLES

    Well what can i say about folkestone for shopping at the moment, i can sum this up in one word CRAP at this moment in time there is nothing in the way of shopping that would bring the tourists flocking to Folkestone, its had hardly any investment over the last years and many shops have simply shut there doors for good. But there is a light at the...

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  • SHOPPERS NIGHTMARE

    This is a photo of the top end of Folkestone town shopping area and as i prob told you before, folkestone just aint the place to come shopping, its been badly neglected over the years with many shops closing down or simply moving to a more prosperous town. But hopefully this will change when, or if we ever get the new multi million pound shopping...

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  • ROCK OF AGES

    Rowlands rock shop has been here as long as i can remember, in fact it was here when my father was a kid. You can still see them making the sticky sweet rock from the window of the shop, and Ohhhhhh the smell is out of this world, if you ever visit Folkestone then this has to be one of your port of calls, they make great gifts too Try there famous...

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Folkestone Local Customs

  • COCKLES AND MUSCLES ALIVE ALIVE HO.

    The one thing you have to try when you visit Folkestone is the fresh cockles and muscles down the harbour there are about 5 cockle stalls down there and one is open all year round. Let them slip down your throat with a little malt vinigar and a pint of lager Mmmmm lovely. Photos comming very soon.

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  • Fresh Seafood

    Another British tradition is eating fresh seafood at the seasde and Folkestone is no exception. There are quite a few stalls all offering more or less the same choice.

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  • Rock Making

    Some traditions never die and the English rock is one of them. In Folkestone you can still see the rock makers at work. The shop is in the Old High Street and it is great fun to watch them.

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Folkestone Warnings and Dangers

  • HOSPITALS

    Folkestone has no major hospital as such although it has got a minor injuries department which is open 7 days a week and deals with cuts bruises and broken bones. The nearest major hospital is in Ashford which is 14 miles from FolkestoneADDRESSRadnor park Avenue,Folkestone, KentCT19 5BN

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  • CROSS CHANNEL FERRIES ARE NO MORE

    I thought i would add this little bit of information because people think you can still travel by ferry to France from Folkestone. This service was stopped a few years ago now. The nearest crossings to France is the port of Dover, which is 7 miles from Folkestone

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  • WARNING, HIGH TIDES

    Be warned Folkestone beaches are tidal and some parts will cut you off at high tides, hundreds of people have been rescued beneith the cliffs because of the lack of knowledge of the area

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Folkestone Off The Beaten Path

  • Countryside surrounding Folkestone

    This photograph was taken from a gravel road running alongside a sheep pasture. The road is typical of those serving the rural areas near Folkestone and most of the countryside bordering the English Channel. Sheep raising and wool production is still very important to the local economy of the region. The countryside of much of the UK has retained...

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  • Have a drink in church

    You can do at the Wetherspoons pub in Rendezvous Street. I almost didn't find this pub as it is hidden away a bit and it is not obvious that it is a pub. But when I did I was glad I persevered as it's a really impressive church conversion. On entering you are faced with a double iron staircase which leads up to a galleried area with drinking booths...

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  • CHERITON, NEAR FOLKESTONE

    This is Cheriton near my home, its just outside folkestone and right on the edge of the countryside, there are some nice walks to be had around this part, although not on this day, it was bloody freezing LOL, this photo shows the main railway, and just ahead are the stations of Folkestone west and then Folkestone central, the trains were not...

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Folkestone Sports & Outdoors

  • GLIDING

    This photo shows us comming in to land. Oh and anouther good reason to go gliding from Whitfeild is you get a fantastic view over Dover docks and the castle.

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  • GLIDING

    This is one of the best things i have ever done. I had herd of this airfield through my mate who said come along and have a look so when i went i had no idea that i was going to go up in a glider on my first trip there. You go up with an instructor who sits in the back seat, the glider is attached to a cable which is on a winch and when everything...

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  • FOLKESTONE SPORTS CENTER

    The Folkestone sports center was opened in 1969 by princess Anne, god i was 7 then. Anyway its now 34 years old and it needs major investment, this they say will happen in the next few years. Saying that its still a great place to go. facilaties include a large heated swimming pool, 9 hole pitch and putt golf, dry ski slope, 4 squash courts, 6...

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Folkestone Favorites

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    by Johnro Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My fondest thing about Folkestone is in the past; it used to be a lovely and friendly place to live. One could jump on a ferry to France. It would take you a while to visit all the shops...now; there is a desolate harbour with a huge car-park where the lively bustling Rotunda and swimming pool used to be. One walks through the town centre with rubbish everywhere, it's dropped not only by youngsters but by their parents too. People sit on the grass along the Leas eating their MacDonalds food and leave their rubbish when they leave. The old High street used to be full of a variety of shops but now all you find is so called Art which is mostly a load of rubbish. Shepway councilors should be shot for allowing this to happen to a once thriving town where people wanted to visit. All I can say to those of you who think this town is a great place to live is, You should travel more and see what Folkestone should be like. Have you all seen the building on Grace Hill? with a forrest of tree's growing on its roof with its interior infested with Rats? Everywhere is closing and becoming derilict...It wouldn't supprise me if Folkestone too is closed.

    Fondest memory: I grew up in Folkestone and am now ashamed of the way it is. Nobody seems to care anymore!

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