Things To Do In Folkestone | Folkestone Tourist Information
Folkestone has a wealth of cultural, natural and entertaining family attractions to suit all tastes and even if you’re only staying the night, we can help you choose what to do in Folkestone whilst you’re here!
We’ve created a map of things to do in Folkestone, places to park, coffee shops, eateries and, of course, the best beaches!
Here’s a quick summary of What To Do In Folkestone – click the headings for even more detail or explore the map at the bottom of the page.
There are plenty of good hotels to chose from in Folkestone, from budget B&Bs to large Edwardian hotels in Folkestone West with a sea view.
There are two main beaches in Folkestone, both are south-facing with facilities on hand should you need them.
The first is called Sunny Sands and as its name suggests is a sandy beach (a rarity this close to London), the second is located at the bottom of the Zig Zag path and is a quieter pebble beach frequented mostly by the locals….
Yes, it’s true – three years ago, as part of our previous Triennial, thirty 24 karat gold bars of 10g and 20g sizes were buried on the harbour beach (the small beach next to Sunny Sands). Seven gold bars have been confirmed found so far… A total value of £10,000 worth of gold has been buried on the Harbour Beach – bring a spade!
Folkestone’s really getting itself firmly on the map in the art scene when we woke up one foggy morning in September and discovered that Banksy had come to visit.
Update: Alas, the artwork was removed and sent to auction until the Creative Foundation saved the day and proved that the wall didn’t belong to the shop owner who removed it. We’re waiting to find out where in town it will be displayed.
We’ve got an amazing lineup of events for 2017 including The Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con, Ska Fest and more…. see what’s on when you’re visiting…
You can choose from a leisurely stroll along The Leas, exploring our award winning coastal park with beautiful gardens and a kids adventure playground which your kids will remember for a lifetime or walks around Folkestone Harbour including The Harbour Arm, The Stade and along to Sunny Sands Beach which is one of the few sandy beaches within an hour’s train journey from London.
There are a wide range of coffee houses in Folkestone from the franchises such as Starbucks and Costa and some lovely independents like Googies Art Cafe, Steep Street and Caffe La Delizzia who serve coffees, teas and ice cream…. There are also plenty of options for lunch in Folkestone from tasty and delicious snack in Googies, Beanos Vegetarian Cafe on Tontine Street through to freshly caught Fish and Chips down by the harbour.
Everything from a three course meal, authentic Nepalese cuisine to hot and spicy ribs and burgers…the choice is yours!
There are a number of Pay & Display car parks in Folkestone and plenty of on-street parking if you know where to look…