Folkestone Tourist Information

Folkestone Harbour

Folkestone Harbour

Folkestone on the Kent Channel Coast is the closest town to Eurotunnel and a popular seaside base with business, leisure and Channel Tunnel stopover visitors. The town has a charming centre with a Creative Quarter featuring many art galleries and studios around pretty cobbled streets along with a choice of stylish cafes, bars, restaurants and a mix of independent and high street shops.

A beautiful harbour area and family friendly sandy beach are also here and you can enjoy the finest seafood from seafood outlets centred around the harbour area. Just a short walk from the harbour and town sits Folkestone’s cliff-top promenade – The Leas. From here you can pick up the Victorian funicular lift down to Lower Leas Coastal Park with gardens, play areas and popular outdoor amphitheatre.

Folkestone's Creative Quarter

Folkestone’s Creative Quarter

Things to do

Other top attractions include Folkestone Racecourse and you’re perfectly placed in great value Folkestone hotels and guest houses for exploring the wider Kent area, with popular tourist attractions and locations like Dover, Port Lympne Animal Park and Romney Marsh all within easy driving distance.

Folkestone tour buses operate during the summer months to the inland Kent Battle of Britain Museum at former RAF Station Hawkinge. The UK’s most important collection of artefacts from the Battle of Britain are on show here including vehicles, aircraft and flying equipment, prints and relics from more than 600 crashed aircraft.

Where to stay

Book a budget Folkestone hotel close to Eurotunnel which will whisk you across to Calais in just over 30 minutes, with motorway to motorway access! Folkestone accommodation sits just south of the Channel Tunnel link accessible off the M20, Junction 11A – the Channel Tunnel has its very own motorway exit point.

Whether you’re departing for a holiday in France or an international visitor arriving and looking for an attractive Kent coastal holiday base, Folkestone hotels and accommodation are the perfect choice. Book a place to stay in Folkestone online or direct!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.