Folkestone has undergone a spectacular transformation over recent years, with the town centre in particular having felt the effect of a multi-million pound investment. As of today, a quaint seaside resort that proved a national favourite for generations has been brought right in line with 21st Century standard amenities and entertainment options.
Visitors don't have to go looking for landmarks in Folkestone - take a stroll around the town and you're bound to find something interesting to explore! The cliff-top promenade known as The Leas is perhaps the best place to get a real feel for the area, while art galleries and concert halls are dotted around the surrounding streets in generous numbers. Folkestone being primarily a ferry port, you might be interested in similar nearby towns such as Dover or Ramsgate if you are thinking of planning a visit across the English Channel.
The Old High Street remains one of the most important in Folkestone, dubbed the centre of the 'Creative Quarter' where a myriad of craftsmen, potters and painters have established their own galleries. The craft industry is still very much key to the town's economic stability, although other industries such as fishing, tourism and even soft drinks and toothpaste are all contributing to Folkstone's continued affluence.
Nearby Warren County Park offers some of the very best golden sands to be found in Folkestone, while the fishing harbour is the place to go for those wishing to sit back and watch the world go by. But for something a little more adventurous, sports fans can check out a game of football, rugby or cricket, while ramblers and mountain bikers have miles of footpaths to explore including the North Downs Way and the historically fascinating Saxon Shore Way.
Much of Folkestone town centre has been entirely redeveloped to offer pretty much every big retail name found on any High Street today, while food and drink options vary from fast food to exquisitely elegant seafood restaurants of the highest order.