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Folkestone Harbour The classic seaside town of Folkestone features something for everyone. The young and the young-at-heart will enjoy the beach and generous recreation areas and parks. For a more peaceful time take a stroll along Folkestone's Leas Promenade and enjoy the flowers, the outdoor summer bandstand concerts, and the breathtaking sea views.

Down in the Folkestone Harbour area you can stroll among the seafood markets in the Stade. Folkestone Harbour is a working fishing harbour with working fishing boats, fish shops and seafood stalls.

Meanwhile, not far away up the cobbled Old High Street, you can spend countless hours in Folkestone's shopping district which is on a par with any shopping centre in England. Every Thursday in Sandgate Road an open market offers all manner of wares from food to clothing and household, and the last Thursday of each month features many French vendors.

If you enjoy art, visit the many galleries and art centres around the Old High Street. If you're a history buff don't miss the Martello Tower No. 3 on the East Cliff. One of many along the Kent coast, these plinth-like structures were designed in the late 1700s as defences against the threat of invasion by Napoleon.

From nearby Dover you can take the ferry to the Continent, to either Calais or Dunkirk; this makes an enjoyable day trip. Or take your car to Calais through the Eurotunnel; services operate directly from Folkestone. For more information on Eurotunnel phone +44 (0)8443 35 35 35 or see their website, click here
Early Morning Folkestone Beach

If you prefer to explore the area around Folkestone there are many beautiful East Kent villages. Hythe, situated on the eastern edge of the Romney Marsh, was one of the original Cinque Ports, and the oldest building in the village is believed to date back to the 1100s. You could easily spend an afternoon strolling along the Royal Military Canal and through the public gardens and browsing the quaint High Street bustling with shops and pubs. Or take a ride on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, a charming one-third-scale steam train which travels 14 scenic miles between Hythe and Dungeness.

Folkestone Cliffs

If you're travelling beyond Hythe be sure to visit Lympne Castle, not to mention the nearby Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Beyond that are the fascinating roads and villages of the Romney Marsh, a mysterious and beautiful area once famous as a refuge for smugglers. This entire area was at one time completely under the sea, making a natural harbour for ships from early Roman times. Now the Marsh is famous for its rich soil and turf, its pastures full of grazing Romney sheep, and the wide variety of Marshland birds who call it their home. You could spend days wandering from village to village exploring the historic churches and pubs or simply enjoying the scenery. more...

For more information on what to see and do in Folkestone and nearby, phone Discover Folkestone on 01303 258594 or see their website, click here.