Folkestone Coast Guide 

Folkestone operates as a port rather than a resort but there are also plenty of attractions and beaches nearby for visitors. There is a beach at the town and this is reached by a lift which takes you down the 200 foot cliff face. Folkestone's beach doesn't offer much in the way of charm; a wide expanse of shingle is all that greets you on arrival however nearby there is an large amusement park as well which should keep the kids happy. Folkestone is best known as the UK end of the Channel Tunnel and there are also ferry links to France. 

                                                                 Folkestone Harbour

For details of  Folkestone Hotels and Holidays, Folkestone  Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Folkestone Hotels, Guest houses and Cottages

There are other beaches to the west of the town towards Dymchurch. Here you will find St Mary's Bay which stretches for several miles and is a mix of sand and shingle. There are a few facilities along here such as cafes and shops and a small fun fair. There is another small beach to the east of the town overlooking East Wear Bay and the cliff top area is now a country park. There is plenty to do on a day trip. 



Folkestone Steam RailwayThere is also an unusual attraction here known as the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway which is one of the shortest railway lines in the world. This unique railway is world famous and runs miniature steam trains over a 13 mile track from Hythe to Dymchurch. The railway has been carrying tourists since 1927 and is still very popular - check with their timetable to see the best time to travel. 






Places to visit in Folkestone

Battle of Britain Museum - Aircraft, vehicles and weapons from WWII. Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge CT18 7AG Tel:01303 893140

 Kidz Planet - Unit 1 & 2 Centurian Park, Caesars Way, Folkestone CT19 4AH Phone: 01303 277 773

Martello Tower - Fort built to repel Napoleon. 

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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

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Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

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