Folkestone

Folkestone

Folkestone’s history began thousands of years ago when Mesolithic settlers made their home in the area. Access to the sea and the English Channel has kept the town busy over the centuries, and it remains important to this day in terms of shipping and – thanks to the British love of the seaside – tourism.

Sunny Sands and Sandgate beach are two of the most popular beaches for visitors to enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves and the (hopefully) warm weather of the English south coast. Both are kept exceptionally clean, and on a good clear day (with great eyesight) it’s possible to see as far as France!

Lower Leas coastal park provides an opportunity for visitors to relax in coastal nature slightly sheltered from the sea breeze. BBQs, play areas for children and summer events make the park a popular choice.

With a history bound up with the Second World War, there are numerous museums and memorials dedicated to the British war effort. Of particular interest is the Kent Battle of Britain Museum which commemorates the efforts of the Royal Airforce, and houses an outstanding collection of airforce artefacts and historic technology.

Folkestone is a good example of traditional English culture, meaning visitors can find a selection of eateries to satisfy their culinary needs.

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Folkestone