With towering white cliffs to the east and its walks of The Warren, Folkestone has traditionally been a fishing port. However, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much it has changed.
Alongside its traditional features that generations of visitors, kings, queens and gentry have enjoyed, the town centre, Creative Quarter and harbour areas have been transformed.
In its quaint Creative Quarter you'll discover an array of art galleries, studios, quirky stores, boutiques, relaxed bars and chic eateries, and it's also the home for hundreds of artists and creative businesses.
The Leas is effectively Folkestone’s promenade, although due to the coastline it sits some way above sea level with lavish gardens and a bandstand where events take place during the summer. The Leas Cliff Hall is an entertainment and function venue that hosts a varied programme of touring shows. Along the promenade you can also find the Leas Lift, a water balanced funicular, which was opened in 1885. It was the third hydraulic lift in the world and is now listed as being of historic importance. On a clear day the French coast can be seen on your journey down to the seafront.
The Lower Leas Coastal Park is one of the best green spaces in the country. Split into differing recreational zones - the formal zone comprises pine avenues, gardens and places to rest. The fun zone, designed specifically for inclusive play, is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east, including the zig-zag path and the ever popular amphitheatre. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation, where wildlife can thrive due to sensitive habitat management. With access to the beach, plenty of parking, refreshments, free entertainment throughout the summer and so much more, this coastal park makes a great day out for all.
Folkestone's Harbour Arm has rapidly become a food, drink and entertainment destination for the town and its visitors. Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, the arm still embraces the town's working fishing harbour, becoming a pivotal point in the town's future and its historical past. Small, independent businesses along the arm give it its unique flavour, with the addition of an on-site bakery and brewery, a regular farmer's market and other seasonal events.
Steep Street Coffee House
Block 67 family workshop
The Leas Bandstand