If you haven't been to Folkestone since it was a ferry port you'll be pleasantly suprised by how much it has changed. Alongside its traditional features that generations of visitors have enjoyed, imaginative schemes have transformed the town centre, "old town" and Harbour areas, and provide even more reasons to visit Folkestone.
With towering white cliffs to the east, the historic Cinque Port town of Hythe, broad sandy beaches and Romney Marsh to the West and backed by areas of unspoilt countryside, 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 place where everyone can have a good time. Strollers always enjoy the mile-long Leas promenade and the paths atop the East Cliff and Warren. While familes head for the beaches and the adventure playground in the Lower Leas Coastal Park, shoppers are spoiled for choice: 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 with easy reach. The charming west seaside village of Sandgate is noted for antique shops, military and literary association. 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. The town has been further enhanced with the building of Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and the stop at Folkestone for the high-speed rail link, which means a journey to London of just 57 minutes.