Folkestone may have changed and developed a great deal since it became a ferry port, but it has managed to hold on too to its traditional character as an old fishing villages, so there are plenty of things to see and do here. Innovative local initiatives have ensured that the old town and the harbour area have not been ransacked by developers and that they continue to be a big draw for visitors. Based in a Kent hotel such as the Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone or the Burlington Hotel you'll be able to explore Folkestone at your leisure and revel in its old world charm.
With Romney Marsh and sandy beaches to the west, the ancient Cinque Port town of Hythe a stone's throw away and the White Cliffs of Dover a little to the east, Folkestone has a fabulous coastal setting against a backdrop of unspoilt countryside. The Folkestone area has been aptly described as the Garden Coast of Kent, and you'll see why when you're booked in to a B&B, hotel or guesthouse in the area. People come here to get rid of the cobwebs and to explore some of the most beautiful scenic walking routes in the county.
The Leas Promenade is famous for its mile-long walkway, much of which stretches along the cliff-top paths. If you're coming with kids you could do worse than make for the local beaches and adventure playground, but Folkestone also has great shopping opportunities. In the town centre there are many independent fashion and top-brand outlets, whilst for culture vultures there are the studios, galleries and boutiques of the Creative Quarter. With a number of concert venues and festivals throughout the year, Folkestone is the perfect destination for a fun break of any duration.
Close to London and on the main route to the Continent, Folkestone is becoming increasingly popular, but thanks to innovative and creative development projects has lost none of its old traditional charm. Book in to a hotel like The Relish or The Rob Roy Guest House and have a great time here.