Visit Folkestone and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Folkestone, Kent, a popular seaside resort which was developed in the middle of the last century; Victorian hotels and guest-houses line the front. Folkestone is also an important cross-Channel port.
A fine promenade, the Leas, runs for over a mile along the cliff-top 200 ft above the beach. From anywhere along the Leas there is a fine view over the busy Channel, and across to the French coast on a clear day.
Of the churches the most interesting is the Church of Saints Mary and Eanswythe, the latter saint being a grand-daughter of Ethelbert, the first Christian king of Kent. She established the first nunnery in England in A.D. 630, just east of the present church which dates from the 13th century. Despite a complete restoration during the last century, much of the fabric of the 13th and 15th centuries remains. The relics of St Eanswythe are kept in a casket in her chapel. The font is 15th century but a 13th-century font, now broken, may also be seen. The glass is modern, the old windows having been destroyed during the Second World War.
Just off the Leas in a small park stands a solitary tower, all that remains of Christ Church, which was built in 1850 and destroyed in an air raid in 1942. The tower was restored as a memorial. There is a fine view from the top.
Old, narrow streets wind down to the original fishermen's quarter near the harbour. Folkestone has few really old buildings, but some of the oldest stand here.
There are many fine walks in and around the town: along the East Cliff towards Dover, for example, with an extensive view of the White Cliffs. Here are great green areas, good for picnics. Above the town on the edge of the North Downs is the hill known as Caesar's Camp; this is excellent rambling country, and offers views over the town, the cliffs and the Channel.
A number of race meetings are held every year at the Folkestone Race-course at Westenhanger, about 5 miles distant on the main road to London.
Nearby cities: Canterbury
Nearby towns: Ashford, Dover, Hythe, New Romney, Rye
Nearby villages: Alkham, Barfreston, Coldred, Dungeness, Elham, Elmsted, Folkestone, Hawkinge, Hythe, Kearsney, Lydden, Lyminge, Lympne, Martin, Paddlesworth, Postling, River, Sandgate, Seabrook, Selstead, Shepherdswell, Shorncliffe Camp, St. Margarets, Stanford, Stelling, Stowting, Swingfield, Temple Ewell, Waldershare, West Hythe, West Langdon, Westenhanger
Have you decided to visit Folkestone or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Folkestone bed and breakfast (a Folkestone B&B or Folkestone b and b)
- a Folkestone guesthouse
- a Folkestone hotel (or motel)
- a Folkestone self-catering establishment, or
- other Folkestone accommodation