The neighbouring towns of Folkestone and Hythe have a rich heritage dating back to Roman times and provide tourists with a variety of attractions while remaining off the main tourist path.
Folkestone, once a small fishing village, transformed into a thriving seaside resort in the 19th century. Its sandy beaches and invigorating sea air attract visitors looking for relaxation and a refreshing escape from city life. The Leas Promenade, a cliff-top walkway, offers stunning views of the English Channel, providing the perfect setting for leisurely strolls. The Lower Leas Coastal Park, with its well-manicured green spaces, is an ideal spot for picnics and family outings.
Hythe, with its medieval charm and historical significance, adds to the region’s allure. The town’s ancient parish church of St Leonard and the Hythe Town Hall showcase well-preserved architectural gems. Exploring the narrow streets and historic buildings allows visitors to immerse themselves in Hythe’s storied past.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate Folkestone’s Creative Quarter, a vibrant hub of artistic activity. Galleries, studios, and independent shops display local craftsmanship and offer unique shopping experiences. The Folkestone Triennial, a renowned international art exhibition held every three years, brings contemporary installations to the forefront, enriching the cultural landscape.
Nature lovers can revel in the picturesque surroundings of Folkestone and Hythe. The nearby Romney Marsh boasts expansive wetlands and diverse wildlife, perfect for bird watching and serene walks in nature. Dungeness, with its shingle beach, distinctive lighthouse, and unique plant life, provides an atmospheric coastal experience.
Folkestone Central railway station has two trains per hour to London (one high-speed train to London St Pancras and one slow train to London Charing Cross) as well as two trains per hour to Dover with one of these continuing to Ramsgate.
The region is also well served by local bus routes with bus routes 16 Gold and 17 connecting Folkestone with Canterbury and route 18 running between Hythe and Canterbury. Other useful bus routes include route 10 between Hythe and Ashford and route 102, which runs between Folkestone and Dover.
Folkestone and Hythe are less than 8km (5 miles) apart and are connected by frequent bus services with bus routes 10, 16 Gold and 102 running between the two towns with services every 10 minutes.