What’s In And Around Folkestone?

Local Amenities

Folkestone is an ideal base for daily excursions to surrounding areas of interest including historical attractions, stunning gardens and leisure facilities. Local sports facilities include the Folkestone sports centre situated near Radnor Park which has a large swimming pool and one of Kent’s only dry ski slopes.

For those who are not sporty there’s nothing better than spending a warm sunny morning browsing amongst the variety of High-Street shops or take a walk down the Old High Street where there are many galleries of the burgeoning artist’s quarter which spills out into the harbour where you can buy fresh locally caught fish.

Walking along the Marine Parade you will find the funicular Leas Lift (one of the oldest water–balanced cliff lifts in England). A ride in the Lift will take you up to the relaxing Leas promenade for some fantastic views of the coastline. Half way along the leas and just 50 yards away from the Hotel is the Leas Cliff Hall; a newly refurbished entertainment venue, which hosts a varied programme of shows and concerts, it is one of the town’s largest conference venues, featuring a licensed cafй where you can sit and gaze at the wonderful views of the English Channel.

Further along is the Bandstand where live concerts are held in summer. Paths and steps down from the Leas will bring you to Lower Leas Coastal Park. Here you can saunter through woodland to the Amphitheatre, a unique 250 seater grassed arena, and the Adventure Playground adjacent to the new Pleasure Beach, which is perfect for keeping the children occupied.

Things To Do In Folkestone

Folkestone successfully blends its role as an important cross-Channel link to France with that of a popular English seaside resort. Best Western Clifton Hotel in Folkestone, with its central position on the Kent coastline, makes an ideal base for a stay in this beautiful and historic area. Being centrally located on the Kent coast, Folkestone is an ideal base for daily excursions to surrounding places of interest.

Folkestone itself has many attractions. The Leas Cliff Hall, just 50 yards from the Hotel’’s main entrance, provides a wide variety of entertainment from classical to popular culture throughout the year, catering to all tastes. The Leas Cliff Hall website provides a full list of forthcoming events.

A couple of hundred yards along the cliff-top is Folkestone’s outdoor bandstand, where many an hour on Summer Sundays can be spent relaxing in the sun, listening to the open–air concerts.

Just beyond the bandstand is the new Metropole Arts Centre reputedly one of the finest galleries to be found outside London.

Walk or take the cliff lift down from outside the hotel to the beach area. Turn right towards the Sandgate Riviera where you will find a wonderful array of antique shops, restaurants and cafe-bars. The Coastal adventure park is also a firm favourite with younger members of the family.

In Folkestone itself the harbour provides lively points of interest. You can watch the fishing fleet returning to harbour to sell their catch at the harbour-side fish market. Narrow old cobbled streets lead up from the harbour through the burgeoning Artists’ Quarter to the town centre, which is also within a few minutes walk of the hotel.

Annual events include the Folkestone Carnival, the increasingly popular Folkestone Literary Festival, Euro Militaire Exhibition and the Folkestone Triennial.

For the energetic we will be happy to provide advice on local sports facilities which include a number of well-maintained golf courses, an outdoor ski slope, squash and tennis facilities, and saunas and sunbeds at the Folkestone Sports Centre.

Places to Visit Around Folkestone

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is on most people’s “to do” list when they visit Kent. The romantic setting of the moated castle in its landscaped surroundings make it one of the most beautiful castles in the world. As well as the castle and grounds being open to the public, there are also a number of open-air events around the year. Leeds Castle will be sure to remain long in your memory.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is the perfect location for an exciting day out for the whole family to enjoy. Discover its fascinating secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover. Visitors are given the opportunity to walk through the rooms and even an underground hospital giving an informative insight into the castle’s strategic role in World War 2. With so much to see and do for the whole family and great events coming up throughout the summer it is not surprising that Dover Castle is one of Kent’s most popular visitor attractions.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Spend a thrilling day out in Kent at Howletts Wild Animal Park — a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland. There’ll be surprises around every corner on your journey of discovery including close encounters at the glass fronted tiger enclosures, Gorillas, clouded Leopards, Monkeys, Tapirs, giant Anteaters, Macaques, Rhinos and many other rare and endangered species from around the world. Don’t miss the Black Rhino breeding sanctuary, the UK’s largest herd of African elephants and Walking With Lemurs which offers a walk alongside and below our free roaming family of amazingly agile and lively Lemurs!

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is Kent’s mainline in minature. First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the World’s Smallest Public Railway and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the Channel Tunnel, to the fisherman’s cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England and it continues to play a central role in English Christianity. Originally founded in 602 AD by St. Augustine, it still functions as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Community.

Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe is an artificially created land under the White Cliffs, it was created from the chalk and the spoil during the excavation of the Channel Tunnel in 1987.

Eurotunnel

The Channel Tunnel is one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects and is used by Eurotunnel and Eurostar. It is 31 miles long, and on average 150 feet deep under the seabed. Eurotunnel is the operator of the high speed transport system which links the UK and France through the Channel Tunnel, running between Folkestone and Calais (Coquelles). Folkestone, located in Kent on the South East coast of England next to the Straits of Dover is a resort town with excellent communications to London and Europe, and is the home of the Eurotunnel passenger terminal taking freight vehicles, cars and their passengers via the Channel Tunnel to Calais (Coquelles). Eurotunnel underground trains operate under the highest safety & security measures & aim to provide one of the fastest & effortless ways of reaching Europe from the UK. With a crossing duration of 35 minutes, the Eurotunnel service is the fastest way to France.

Ferries to France

There are a number of ferry companies offering comfortable journeys from Dover to Calais at modest prices with regular crossings lasting approximately 1-2 hours.

+ Local Amenities

Local Amenities

Folkestone is an ideal base for daily excursions to surrounding areas of interest including historical attractions, stunning gardens and leisure facilities. Local sports facilities include the Folkestone sports centre situated near Radnor Park which has a large swimming pool and one of Kent’s only dry ski slopes.

For those who are not sporty there’s nothing better than spending a warm sunny morning browsing amongst the variety of High-Street shops or take a walk down the Old High Street where there are many galleries of the burgeoning artist’s quarter which spills out into the harbour where you can buy fresh locally caught fish.

Walking along the Marine Parade you will find the funicular Leas Lift (one of the oldest water–balanced cliff lifts in England). A ride in the Lift will take you up to the relaxing Leas promenade for some fantastic views of the coastline. Half way along the leas and just 50 yards away from the Hotel is the Leas Cliff Hall; a newly refurbished entertainment venue, which hosts a varied programme of shows and concerts, it is one of the town’s largest conference venues, featuring a licensed cafй where you can sit and gaze at the wonderful views of the English Channel.

Further along is the Bandstand where live concerts are held in summer. Paths and steps down from the Leas will bring you to Lower Leas Coastal Park. Here you can saunter through woodland to the Amphitheatre, a unique 250 seater grassed arena, and the Adventure Playground adjacent to the new Pleasure Beach, which is perfect for keeping the children occupied.

+ Things To Do In Folkestone

Things To Do In Folkestone

Folkestone successfully blends its role as an important cross-Channel link to France with that of a popular English seaside resort. Best Western Clifton Hotel in Folkestone, with its central position on the Kent coastline, makes an ideal base for a stay in this beautiful and historic area. Being centrally located on the Kent coast, Folkestone is an ideal base for daily excursions to surrounding places of interest.

Folkestone itself has many attractions. The Leas Cliff Hall, just 50 yards from the Hotel’’s main entrance, provides a wide variety of entertainment from classical to popular culture throughout the year, catering to all tastes. The Leas Cliff Hall website provides a full list of forthcoming events.

A couple of hundred yards along the cliff-top is Folkestone’s outdoor bandstand, where many an hour on Summer Sundays can be spent relaxing in the sun, listening to the open–air concerts.

Just beyond the bandstand is the new Metropole Arts Centre reputedly one of the finest galleries to be found outside London.

Walk or take the cliff lift down from outside the hotel to the beach area. Turn right towards the Sandgate Riviera where you will find a wonderful array of antique shops, restaurants and cafe-bars. The Coastal adventure park is also a firm favourite with younger members of the family.

In Folkestone itself the harbour provides lively points of interest. You can watch the fishing fleet returning to harbour to sell their catch at the harbour-side fish market. Narrow old cobbled streets lead up from the harbour through the burgeoning Artists’ Quarter to the town centre, which is also within a few minutes walk of the hotel.

Annual events include the Folkestone Carnival, the increasingly popular Folkestone Literary Festival, Euro Militaire Exhibition and the Folkestone Triennial.

For the energetic we will be happy to provide advice on local sports facilities which include a number of well-maintained golf courses, an outdoor ski slope, squash and tennis facilities, and saunas and sunbeds at the Folkestone Sports Centre.

+ Places to Visit Around Folkestone

Places to Visit Around Folkestone

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is on most people’s “to do” list when they visit Kent. The romantic setting of the moated castle in its landscaped surroundings make it one of the most beautiful castles in the world. As well as the castle and grounds being open to the public, there are also a number of open-air events around the year. Leeds Castle will be sure to remain long in your memory.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is the perfect location for an exciting day out for the whole family to enjoy. Discover its fascinating secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover. Visitors are given the opportunity to walk through the rooms and even an underground hospital giving an informative insight into the castle’s strategic role in World War 2. With so much to see and do for the whole family and great events coming up throughout the summer it is not surprising that Dover Castle is one of Kent’s most popular visitor attractions.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Spend a thrilling day out in Kent at Howletts Wild Animal Park — a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland. There’ll be surprises around every corner on your journey of discovery including close encounters at the glass fronted tiger enclosures, Gorillas, clouded Leopards, Monkeys, Tapirs, giant Anteaters, Macaques, Rhinos and many other rare and endangered species from around the world. Don’t miss the Black Rhino breeding sanctuary, the UK’s largest herd of African elephants and Walking With Lemurs which offers a walk alongside and below our free roaming family of amazingly agile and lively Lemurs!

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is Kent’s mainline in minature. First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the World’s Smallest Public Railway and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the Channel Tunnel, to the fisherman’s cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England and it continues to play a central role in English Christianity. Originally founded in 602 AD by St. Augustine, it still functions as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Community.

Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe is an artificially created land under the White Cliffs, it was created from the chalk and the spoil during the excavation of the Channel Tunnel in 1987.

Eurotunnel

The Channel Tunnel is one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects and is used by Eurotunnel and Eurostar. It is 31 miles long, and on average 150 feet deep under the seabed. Eurotunnel is the operator of the high speed transport system which links the UK and France through the Channel Tunnel, running between Folkestone and Calais (Coquelles). Folkestone, located in Kent on the South East coast of England next to the Straits of Dover is a resort town with excellent communications to London and Europe, and is the home of the Eurotunnel passenger terminal taking freight vehicles, cars and their passengers via the Channel Tunnel to Calais (Coquelles). Eurotunnel underground trains operate under the highest safety & security measures & aim to provide one of the fastest & effortless ways of reaching Europe from the UK. With a crossing duration of 35 minutes, the Eurotunnel service is the fastest way to France.

Ferries to France

There are a number of ferry companies offering comfortable journeys from Dover to Calais at modest prices with regular crossings lasting approximately 1-2 hours.