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Folkestone Travel Guide: 137 reviews and 200 photos


Folkestone is a town you either love or hate, personally i love the place. I was born here and i still live here, so it must have some appeal. Folkestone has allways been known until recently as a port town with a long history of links to france. We had 2 cross channel ferries, the Hengest and the horsa which my father worked on for 30 years, but allas the ships have long since gone. Now in the so called name of progress we have a concreat monster called the channel tunnel. To be fair the channel tunnel is an engineering masterpiece and is the longest underwater passenger tunnel in the world. I actually worked in the tunnel during construction 13 miles under the sea and also the day when England and France were joined together. After prasing the tunnel i also hate it, mainly because the destruction it has caused to the contryside around here. The main shopping area of folkestone has been falling appart in recent years and many shops have left the town or gone alltogether. We have been promist a brand new indoor mall for years now but nothing ever gets done. Anyway lets get to the good points about Folkestone. The best part of the town is the harbour area, here you will find 4 or 5 seefood stalls selling cockles, whelks, prawns, crabs, and lobster. This town used to rely on its fishing and there still are fishing boats that leave the harbour most nights and they have a lovely fresh fish shop in the harbour selling fresh fish caught on the last tide so you can't get fresher fish than that. As you walk further along the prom from the fish market and fish trawlers you come to Folkeston's sandy beach, this beach was once so polluted no one swam there but now there is a new sewidge system inland so none gets pumped out to sea anymore. A short walk in the other direction will bring you to the marine parade area of Folkestone. Here is where most holiday makers flock to in the summer months. In this area ther is a lesure park called the Rotunda (great for kids) and on sundays ther is a very large market. Opposit the rotunda is a lift that will take you up the cliff to the town centre, this lift is one of the last of its kind still in operation and it works by balance and counter ballance of water. If you walk north of the town you will pass the bandstand where in the summer you can relax in a deck chair and listen to orchesteral bands playing (sundays only). A little farther on is the old grand hotel and metropole, these grand victorian buildings were once some of the most luxurious hotels in england but now they have been turned in to flats or appartments. Anouther mile or so is the little town of sandgate with one antique shop after anouther, so if its antique's your after this is the place for you. Head south to the other side of Folkestone and you will come to my favourite part, the east cliff and warren. Up here there are fantastic views over the harbour and also ther's a lovely restaurant which i will add to my restaurant pages very soon. The warren area is where i used to play as a boy and is still unspoiled because of the presivation order it has to protect the wildlife. Its also a fantastic place for a long walk and if you climb down to the warren beach you can walk all the way to the whitecliffs of dover, passing by a nudist beach, i spend most of my time down there Ha Ha Ha. And thats my tour of Folkestone i hope you liked it and my photo's will be here anytime now.



Kent, including Folkestone is in the guinness book of world records for the most haunted places on the earth. So if you ever visit Folkestone in Kent please go and see them (IF YOU DARE). The first i will tell you about is one of Folkestones premier hotels called the Cliffton hotel (see accommodations). Afew years ago now a resident killed herself in a fourth floor bedroom because of an argument with her boyfreind. In a certain room on the floor below some guests and staff have experienced loud but wierd noises, like furniture being moved about. since then the room has remained empty. Early in 1995 a night porter left the hotel in a mad rush after reporting that he was grabbed by an invisible hand as he came to that haunted room. Since then a buisinessman was woken in the early hours to see the figure of a woman in a long white night gown standing at the end of the bed. He said all i felt was extreme sadness, great sorrow, utter misery when i looked at her. He also said the apparition stayed in the room for about half a minute. This was the room where the suicide took place. So if you ever stay in this hotel SWEET DREAMS WaaaaaHoooooo.



Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The beaches are now very clean
  • Cons:Very poor shopping, and lack of development.
  • In a nutshell:I have lived here all my life and i love it
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2006
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  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 6:04 PM


  • May 12, 2007 at 3:36 AM

    My family are habitual visitors to Folkestone every year during May. For the last ten years or so, The Lifeboat has been our pub of choice - can you confirm if it's still open? If you could email me at jmhashby@aol.com it would be MUCH appreciated!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 2:53 AM

    No, we never felt anything our side (South West London)! Sending you all a big hug, hope you get some answers soon x

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    The white cliffs look just great and your sense of humour is catching. Your revamped page looks very attractive. I'm sorry your favourite Rotunda is there no more. Will be back to read more.

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    AH! youcan't beat an English seaside town and Folkestone looks just the job. I like the way your love of your hometown shines through. Lovely page with fascinating little titbits of information :))

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 1:12 AM

    I've just read your pages about your hometown of Folkstone. I loved reading your comments. It was just like you were there talking to me! It made me smile:):) That's a good thing! So, what were you doing up there on Sugarloaf hill when you were a lad????

  • Jan 14, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    chummys is the best sea food stall in kent allways freash folkestone would not me folkestone if there was no chummys

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2006 at 5:34 AM

    Another of your cleaverly written pages that I enjoyed reading. I know now where you can up with your name. I am a little slow somethimes.:-) Folkstone sounds like a great place to live.

  • Oct 14, 2006 at 1:39 PM

    Thanks for dropping by again, Cliffee. I loved reading about Folkstone. It seems that you really love it there. Haunted or not.....It looks like a great destination! As for the haunted hotel....not staying there!:~))))

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 7:32 PM

    When it happens you'll be over the moon. There's something about your legacy being put in place, at least for one more generation. And you can play with them and then they go home! :-) Enjoy every minute of it!

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