Guide to Folkestone, Hythe and Sandgate

Artistic enclaves, stunning shores, unique histories and expansive wildlife escapes make Folkestone, Hythe & Sandgate in Kent well worth a visit – and with Kent’s Heritage Coast being one of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions to visit in 2022, there’s never been a better time to explore.

Things to do in Folkestone, Hythe and Sandgate

Filled with creativity and colour, Folkestone and Sandgate are the artistic pilgrimage of the Kent coast. With a direct train from St Pancras in under an hour, Folkestone is a perfectly quaint seaside town filled with cobbled streets and independent galleries. We have gathered together our favourite spots from motors to mermaids, and everything in between.

Lower Leas Coastal Park

Home to the largest free adventure play area in the South East, Lower Leas Coastal Park is ideal to visit during your family staycation in Folkestone. Filled with cycle and walking routes, this coast side wonderland contains a bandstand, an amphitheatre that hosts performances throughout the summer and has gardens and flowers blooming all year round, framed in pine avenues. With wildlife preserved throughout, sit and take in the peace and quiet within the wild zone, or explore with the children at the fun zone.

Terlingham Vineyard

Nestled within the verdant hills of Hawkinge is the Terlingham Vineyard, a boutique style vineyard that produces award-winning natural wines and gin. This family run vineyard was created with nature and the outdoors at the forefront. Using natural farming techniques, the vineyard has a negative carbon footprint and has been accredited by Sustainable Wines of Great Britain, ensuring you are guilt free to the last sip. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift to bring back from your stay or just something to remind you of your trip, explore the on-site shop, we recommend the Terlingham Bacchus Dry Gin.

Mermaid Beach

Filled with mystery and wonder, Mermaid Beach is called so due to the fish tale formed rocks that lead into the sea. You may have even spotted Mermaid Beach on Tik Tok when a video went viral showcasing it’s natural beauty and similarities to the more tropical side of the world. With a zig zag walking trail that leads you to the clifftop, explore the variety of landscapes Kent has to offer, all in one day. 

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

As the world’s largest Battle of Britain collection of memorabilia, take the family on a historical tour with artefacts on display from over 700 battle aircrafts. Walk around the real-life aircrafts or read all about the battle and its history. Why not encourage the children to bring a sketchbook and have a competition for the best aeroplane drawing. Tickets start from £4.00 for children and there is no pre-booking required, perfect for a spontaneous family day trip.

Sandgate Beach

Just two miles down from the coast of Folkestone is Sandgate. This small, coastal town has a large, pebbled beach which is perfect for picnickers, walkers and fishermen alike. Enjoy skimming stones, jumping the waves or reading a book as you enjoy the sounds of the seaside. Walk the promenade that is set back from the beach and you can walk to Hythe or Folkestone, from East to West. Sit back and indulge in an ice cream as you explore Sandgate, known as Folkestone’s ‘little sister’. The village is filled with charm and character with its candyfloss hued houses and independent high street, Sandgate is not to be missed.

Rocksalt Restaurant

Explore Kent with all of your senses and visit Rocksalt in the heart of Folkestone. With expansive views across the Kent coastline, Rocksalt offers both casual and formal dining with menus that reflect the season. Enjoy panoramic views from the floor to ceiling windows while delighting in locally sourced, simple yet sumptuous dishes that parades Kent’s true style in the best way.

If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, why not take a look at our selection of Folkestone properties here.


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