It’s tricky to say what Folkestone is most famous for, but my tongue-in-the-cheek-vote is for The Samuel Peto pub!

And it’s got nothing to do with the alcohol inside the pub.

That said, Folkestone is known as one of the busiest ports in England, and a popular laid-back holiday destination.

Now, back to why I voted for The Samuel Peto Pub, also known as Wetherspoons. This is because real ales and craft beer are served in a somewhat different pub-like-scene. On 23 Rendezvous Street, is an old church that is now the home to The Samuel Peto pub. Beautifully restored with its gorgeous stained glass and chandeliers.

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The Samuel Peto pub
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How to get to Folkestone

Besides using your own transport you can travel to Folkestone by train.

From London, you can catch a train to Folkestone. The journey is around 1 hour and 40 minutes long, and there are many trains per day to pick from.

Best time to visit Folkestone

From mid-June to mid-September you’re in for very comfortable weather varying from around 65°F to 70°F (18°C to 21°C).  

Restaurants in Folkestone

There is no shortage of variety in Folkestone. From Turkish to seafood, tapas, Nepalese, Mexican, and more.

Things to do in Folkestone

  • Enjoy nature and wonderful coastal scenic views from the Zig Zag Path. It’s a slightly steep path with plenty of places to rest, beautiful and interesting plant life, and some man-made caves. The path, which is paved, also leads to The Harbour Arm.
  • At “The Harbour Arm” you can relax at one of the many bars and restaurants. Some with amazing panoramic views over the harbor.
  • There’s nothing as relaxing as a walk on the beach. A popular sandy beach is Sunny Sands, next to the harbor. 
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Sunny Sands
  • Take a trip to the coastal village of Sandgate. You’ll be in for some amazing views of the English Channel.
  • While you’re in the vicinity of Sandgate, you may want to go for a relaxing afternoon walk at Enbrook Park. Address: 19 Bybrook Field. It’s a lovely park with plenty of shade trees and sea views.
  • And if you’re looking for collectibles or antiques, stroll down High Street.
  • Unwind at the beautiful and well-maintained municipal park and gardens, called Kingsnorth Gardens. It’s located on Kingsnorth Gardens Street.
  • Museum-lovers will enjoy the Kent Battle of Britain Museum in nearby Hawkinge, and Folkestone Museum with a display of fossils dating back to the 19th century.
  • Meander around the Creative Quarter, in the old downtown, and enjoy the many art galleries, trendy shops, cafés, and boutiques.
  • Go The Leas, a residential area with attractive squares and gardens dating back to 1843.
  • Just below The Leas lies Mermaid Beach, the most popular swimming beach and also popular for its sea sports.
  • Lower Leas Coastal Park is a playground with flower gardens and pine avenues in some places. The park starts at The Leas Lift and stretches west along Lower Sandgate Road.

Where to stay in Folkestone

This lovely hotel is worth booking and also Travel and Home’s accommodation of choice in Folkestone. With great service and delish food, plus a stunning view, it is difficult to find something to complain about.

For more lodging options you can go to Booking.Com. They have an awesome selection to pick from.


Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly.

Travel Safe, and Happy Holidays!