If you haven't explored Folkestone in a while you'll be suprised by how much it has changed. Alongside the traditional features generations of visitors have enjoyed, imaginative schemes have transformed the town centre, "old town" and Harbour areas. What's more, high-speed rail links, mean you can travel from London to Folkestone in just 57 minutes.
With towering white cliffs, the historic Cinque Port town of Hythe, areas of unspoilt countryside, broad sandy beaches and Romney Marsh to the West, Folkestone is the attractive hub of the south east corner of Kent, aptly described as the Garden Coast.
For a weekend break or a casual day trip to blow the cobwebs away, Folkestone is the perfect getaway. Strollers always enjoy the mile-long Leas promenade and the paths atop the East Cliff and Warren and, while familes head for the beaches and the adventure playground in the Lower Leas Coastal Park, shoppers are spoiled for choice with brand name fashion in the town centre and traditional shops in the adjoining streets. Culture vultures will adore the array of galleries, studios and boutiques in the Creative Quarter, as well as many independent specialist retailers. Good eateries are not hard to come by, and there is no shortage of venues for concerts and entertainment that host a multitude of festivals and events throughout the year.
Countryside parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty are within easy reach. The charming west seaside village of Sandgate is noted for its antique shops, military and literary associations. Folkestone's front-line role in wartime days is commemorated at the Battle of Britain Museum, Memorial and other sites.
Thanks to modern industrial and commercial developments, Folkestone has broadened its economic base, including its own entrance to the Channel Tunnel, a main rail and road link to the continent.