48 Hours in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh
Welcome to Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh
A Victorian seaside resort in the midst of a cultural renaissance, charming market town with a rich history, and unique coastline and countryside renowned for its unspoilt beauty. Welcome to the artistic, seaside chic of Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh.
Start your day in Folkestone, now known for its thriving Creative Quarter of artists’ studios, laid back coffee shops, and internationally acclaimed Folkestone Artworks Collection. Explore The Old High Street and historic Bayle, and the stunning views from the Harbour Arm, before heading to The Leas and Lower Leas Coastal Park. Walk the mile-long clifftop promenade and descend the zig-zag path to the award winning park with beaches, picnic sites, café and one of the county’s largest free play areas.
The Harbour Arm, Folkestone
Walking along the Folkestone Harbour Arm you might be surprised to see a double decker bus but rest assured this bus is dishing up something truly delicious, it’s the Greek bus! Also on the harbour arm you will discover local pop up restaurants serving a truly wonderful lunch.
After lunch, head to the charming small town of Hythe, and take a stroll along The Royal Military Canal and the town’s two-mile seafront promenade. If you fancy a quick climb, explore the 11th century church of St Leonards on a hill above the town.
End your afternoon with a visit to the outstanding Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, 600-acre wild animal reserve with authentic safari experiences where more than 100 animals including zebra, giraffe and antelopes wander freely. The reserve is also home to big cats, black rhino, gorillas and much more!
A visit to Folkestone is not complete without treating yourself to a meal at Rocksalt, located along the seafront and with views of the stunning sunset, a superb seafood selection awaits you.
Start your second day with a bracing outdoor adventure along the unique coast and countryside of the Romney Marsh, where farmland is punctuated with historic churches and isolated villages. A great way to see the landscape is onboard the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway a 90 year old miniature railway that runs for 14 miles from Hythe to the shingle expanses at Dungeness.
Jump off the train at Dymchurch and indulge in the traditional seaside fun of the fair with arcades, funfair rides, bucket and spades, and a long expanse of sandy beach at low tide.
A trip to the beach is not complete without sampling the local fish and chips, here at Beach 48 you can enjoy a local fish and chips whilst taking a stroll along the seafront taking in the fresh sea air.
Explore more of the Marsh and delve deeper into an iconic rural landscape that’s inspired art, music, and literature for hundreds of years. Discover England’s only desert at Dungeness, and explore the rugged beauty of the area at the RSPB Reserve. This striking, other-worldly landscape is as appealing to peaceful birdwatchers as it is to thrillseeking kitesurfers!
Known for their famous fish dishes and located on the only desert in the UK, The Pilot has been serving up fantastic food that all the locals have been enjoying. Don’t forget to check out the mouth watering special boards for some truly delicious dinner options.