31 Best and Fun Things To Do In Folkestone, England

This charming coastal town overlooking the English Channel lies only seven kilometers west of Dover.

One of England’s busiest ports and a well-liked vacation spot, Folkestone’s development as a popular destination began in the mid-19th century with the construction of the London railway.

This can be seen from its many Victorian-style buildings, which add to the character of the town.

In terms of things to do, Folkestone is home to a number of tourist attractions that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.

From seafront dining and entertainment at the Folkestone Harbor Arm to paying your respects at the Battle of Britain Memorial or swimming at Sunny Sands Beach, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy here.

Want to know more? Check out our list of recommendations below!

The 31 Most Popular Things To Do In Folkestone, England

31. Sentient Gallery

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)

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Credit: Rebecca Mason, Google Maps

Location: 56 58 The Old High Street Folkestone

30. Saxon Shore Way

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)

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29. Folkestone Artworks: Pilar Quinteros, Janus’s Fortress, Folkestone

4.0 ★★★★☆ (2 reviews)

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Credit: Bartłomiej Stochła, Google Maps

Location: St Andrews The Durlocks Folkestone

Web Address:   http://englandscreativecoast.com/

28. Stutfall Castle

4.1 ★★★★☆ (7 reviews)

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Location: Royal Military Road Lympne Hythe

27. The Folkestone Leas Lift

4.3 ★★★★☆ (12 reviews)

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Location: Lower Sandgate Road Folkestone

Web Address:   http://wew.leaslift.co.uk/

26. Sandgate Castle

4.2 ★★★★☆ (17 reviews)

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Location: Sandgate Folkestone

25. The American Garden

4.9 ★★★★★ (18 reviews)

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Location: Saltwood Hythe

Tel:  1303-269687

24. Folkestone Ski Centre

4.2 ★★★★☆ (25 reviews)

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Location: 5 Radnor Park Ave Folkestone

Tel:  1303-850333

23. Royal Military Canal

4.7 ★★★★★ (25 reviews)

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22. Hythe Sound Mirror

4.1 ★★★★☆ (28 reviews)

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Location: Hythe

21. Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe, Folkestone

4.6 ★★★★★ (50 reviews)

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Location: Church Street Folkestone

Tel:  1303-252947

Web Address:   https://stmaryandsteanswythe.org/

20. Caesar’s Camp

4.6 ★★★★★ (67 reviews)

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Location: Folkestone

19. Sandgate Park. Military Road

4.4 ★★★★☆ (69 reviews)

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Location: 48 Military Road Sandgate Folkestone

Tel:  1303-853380

18. Abbot’s Cliff Sound Mirror

4.6 ★★★★★ (127 reviews)

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Credit: Richard Shepard, Google Maps

Location: Folkestone

17. Folkestone White Horse

4.4 ★★★★☆ (130 reviews)

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Location: Cheriton Hill Folkestone

16. Elham Valley Line Trust

4.8 ★★★★★ (145 reviews)

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Location: Peene Folkestone

Tel:  1303-273014

Web Address:   http://elhamvalleylinetrust.org/

15. The Folkestone Mermaid

4.5 ★★★★★ (150 reviews)

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Location: The Streetade Folkestone

14. Sandgate Beach

4.6 ★★★★★ (353 reviews)

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13. Dover Transport Museum

4.7 ★★★★★ (370 reviews)

Location: Willingdon Road Whitfield Dover

Tel:  1304-822409

Web Address:   http://dovertransportmuseum.org.uk/

12. Russell Gardens

4.6 ★★★★★ (476 reviews)

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Location: Bushy Ruff Cottages Alkham Road Temple Ewell Dover

Web Address:   https://kearsneyparks.co.uk/

11. Brockhill Country Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (878 reviews)

Location: Sandling Road Hythe Saltwood

Tel:  300-042-0993

Web Address:   http://kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/brockhill-country-park

10. Kent Downs

4.5 ★★★★★ (9,747 reviews)

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Location: Coldharbour Ln Wye Ashford

Web Address:   http://kentdowns.org.uk/

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9. Folkestone Museum

4.5 ★★★★★ (142 reviews)

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Location: 1 2 Guildhall Street Folkestone

Tel:  1303-257946

Web Address:   https://folkestonemuseum.co.uk/

8. Folkestone East Cliff and Warren Country Park.

4.7 ★★★★★ (212 reviews)

Location: Wear Bay Road Folkestone CT19 30 Wear Bay Road Folkestone

7. Sunny Sands

4.5 ★★★★★ (255 reviews)

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6. Folkestone Beach

4.6 ★★★★★ (497 reviews)

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5. Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust

4.6 ★★★★★ (587 reviews)

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Location: Aerodrome Road Hawkinge Folkestone

Tel:  1303-893140

Web Address:   http://kbobm.org/

4. Kidz Planet

4.3 ★★★★☆ (645 reviews)

Location: Unit 1 2 Centurion Park Caesar’s Wy Folkestone

Tel:  1303-277773

Web Address:   http://kidzplanet.co.uk/

3. Battle of Britain Memorial

4.8 ★★★★★ (1,974 reviews)

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Location: New Dover Road Capel le Ferne Folkestone

Tel:  1303-249292

Web Address:   https://battleofbritainmemorial.org/

2. Lower Leas Coastal Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (1,996 reviews)

Location: Lower Sandgate Road Folkestone

1. Folkestone Harbour Arm

4.6 ★★★★★ (2,800 reviews)

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Location: Harbour Approach Road Folkestone

Web Address:   https://folkestoneharbourarm.co.uk/

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Folkestone, England! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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