Type:Towns & Villages

The Penthouse Folkestone


In recent years the port of Folkestone has seen lots of regeneration and development, with brand new shopping areas, leisure facilities and boutique hotels.

The nearby designated coastal park of Samphire Hoe is a wonderful place to wander and pass the time. The area’s maritime history is well preserved too, through ancient remains and architecture. The Royal Military Canal was built to repel Napoleon's troops, but today it flows silently through the town out towards the protected Romney Marsh and is a haven for endangered birdlife.

Folkestone is also one of the best connected towns on the coast, with direct rail links to London and is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Things to see and do in Folkestone. . .

  • Animal lovers should head straight for the Port Lymphe Wild Animal Park. It's a great place to see dozens of exotic and rare species.
  • The nearby Kent Battle of Britain Museum has the best collection of Battle of Britain memorabilia of any war museum in the UK (including dozens of aircraft). 
  • Take a ride on the miniature steam trains Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

More Folkestone information

The Folkestone Tourist Information Centre is located on Bouverie Place and has plenty of info on local events, attractions and accommodation in Folkestone. You'll find a great range of hotels in Folkestone – from the luxury to the bargain.


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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Folkstone is about 75 miles south east of central London, is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M25 and M20 and is well served by public transport.

What's Nearby

  1. Folkestone Library, Museum and Art Gallery

    A new interpretation of the story of Folkestone with many hands-on features and archive…

    0.13 miles away
  2. Sandgate Beach

    Just west of Sandgate Town Centre beach, this is a quieter single beach. A lovely spot…

    1.1 miles away
  3. Battle of Britain Memorial

    The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, on the famous white cliffs between…

    1.55 miles away
  1. Elham Valley Railway Museum

    A family attraction where visitors can see steam engines, trains, a signal box and the…

    2.91 miles away
  2. Samphire Hoe

    Samphire Hoe is an amazing place, made from the chalk marl excavated from the…

    4.51 miles away
  3. Kearsney Abbey Park and Russell Gardens

    Enjoy an afternoon out at the popular Kearsney Parks - Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens…

    6.08 miles away
  4. Dover Sea Safari

    A unique family coastal tour like no other in Dover. Step aboard our comfortable RIB…

    6.39 miles away
  5. Dover Town Hall - The Maison Dieu

    The Maison Dieu, the oldest of the Town Hall buildings, was founded by Hubert de Burgh,…

    6.53 miles away
  6. Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

    Dover Museum, the district's largest and most varied museum, has a range of fascinating…

    6.55 miles away
  7. Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queen's Regiment Museum

    The collection traces the history of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment through four…

    6.92 miles away
  8. Dover Castle

    Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle! Step inside the Great Tower and immerse…

    6.98 miles away
  9. Elham Valley Vineyard

    Vineyard, tearoom, craft, pottery. See how vines grow and enjoy morning coffee, cream tea…

    7.57 miles away
  10. White Cliffs of Dover

    Images and information about the White Cliffs of Dover, one of Britain's most iconic and…

    7.78 miles away
  11. Fan Bay Deep Shelter

    Take a journey into the past on a guided tour of Fan Bay Deep Shelter in the White Cliffs…

    7.8 miles away
  12. Dymchurch Beach

    The flat, mainly sandy beach at Dymchurch stretches for approximately 3 miles along the…

    7.97 miles away
  13. Kent Downs & North Downs Way AONB

    The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally important,…

    8.84 miles away
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