The artistic and the ancient unite in the quaint and creative Kentish corner of Folkestone. Coastal splendour compliments rich artistic expression and historical heritage in this vibrant coastal town, where sublime seafood restaurants and interesting museums abound. Commanding castles decorate the rugged headlands that line the coast and nearby natural landmarks include dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and picturesque pastures.
Folkestone’s quaint and cobbled Creative Quarter is the result of a remarkable regeneration project; the crumbling old town was renovated in order to create a cultural yet classic area in which bespoke boutiques, eclectic art galleries and colourful cafes could thrive. And how it thrives!
Jump from the creative to the coastal with a visit to Lower Leas Coastal Park, a manicured expanse of horticultural majesty that borders the sandy shores of the sea. In order to reach Folkestone’s green lung, visitors can ride the legendary Leas Lift, a water based funicular that has been in operation since 1885.
Folkestone’s revolutionary cultural contribution is undoubtedly the Battle of Britain Museum, a fascinating collection of air related artefacts that speak eloquently of Britain’s once war torn skies. The exhibition features everything from actual fighter aircrafts and weapons to fine art works and the remains of a crashed fighter jet.
Appropriately located in Folkestone’s vibrant fish market, the refined Rocksalt restaurant specialises in sumptuous seafood dishes. From the dynamically decorated dining area, diners can enjoy panoramic vistas of the harbour while savouring appetizers like freshly caught cockles and bone marrow toast. The main menu offers further culinary delights with its choice of raw scallops and blood orange salad, celeriac and cod broth and chilli and garlic fried squid.(4-5 Fish Market, Folkestone, Kent)