Although Folkestone's importance as a port has diminished since the opening of the Channel Tunnel, the harbour is still in use and the old railway terminal on the harbour arm has been redeveloped as a food, drink and entertainment area. The Creative Quarter in the old town area has narrow streets with galleries, studios and boutiques.
The Leas cliff-top promenade is a mile long with views across the Channel to France. The gardens of the Lower Leas Coastal Park below the cliffs are a good place for a picnic, access to this Park and beach is via the zig-zag path or Leas Lift (¾ mile from the station). The Leas beach is mostly shingle but there is a sandy beach east of the harbour (1 mile from the station).
The Bus Station is ½ mile from Folkestone Central station.
TI Town Hall, tel. 01303 257946.
Based in Folkestone Library, the Centre's collections include Roman wall plaster, woolly mammoth teeth,
mine detectors and early cameras. Also an art collection with landscapes and historical views of Folkestone.
Tel. 03000 413131.
Open M-F 0900-1800, SSu 1000-1600.
The history of Folkestone's fishing industry, housed in the Old Booking Hall. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1600.
The Museum is on the site of the former Hawkinge RAF Station. It has an extensive collection of items
from the Battle of Britain in 1940, including aircraft, vehicles, weapons, flying equipment and relics from crashed aircraft.
Refreshments. Tel. 01303 893140.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1600 (1700 Jun-Sep).
Bus 73 from Central Station (also Bus Station) to Museum entrance, 25 minutes journey. M-S every 20 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach.
You may also like to visit the Aircraft Museum at Shoreham.
A 15 inch gauge railway running 13½ miles along the coast to New Romney and Dungeness,
the journey from Hythe to Dungeness takes about an hour. Buffet and model railway exhibition at New Romney. Café at Hythe.
Tel. 01797 362353.
Open Apr-Sep, trains daily. Please see website for timetable and winter opening.
Bus 16 and 102 from Bus Station (½ mile) to Hythe RH&DR Station, shortly after Hythe, Red Lion Square. 20 minutes journey, M-S every 10 minutes, Sun & BH every 15 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach.
Hythe RH&DR Station is 1¾ miles walk from Sandling and there are less frequent buses.
Hythe is an historic town by the sea with an attractive narrow High Street, a promenade and the Royal Military Canal. For buses from Folkestone please see the RH&DR above.