Now that spring has sprung, there is no better time to visit Folkestone and be inspired by the seaside. Find artworks on every corner, discover an urban village of makers and creators, and enjoy world-class live events, less than an hour from London.
Nestled on the south coast, Folkestone is a hidden gem offering unbeatable sea views and a creative scene that is waiting to be discovered. Whether it is just for a day or a long weekend, Folkestone is the perfect place to come and be inspired.
Don’t just take our word for it, Folkestone was recently named one of the top places to visit in the world in 2022. Scroll down for a few highlights and start planning your trip today.
Folkestone is home to the UK’s largest urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art. On a short walk from the railway station to the beach, you will pass more artworks than you can shake a stick at. We have over 70 artworks by more than 40 artists offering new perspectives on the town and world. Keep your eyes peeled for artworks by Anthony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Banksy and more.
The Folkestone Artworks are open and free to enjoy 365 days a year. Click here for more info.
Home to more than 200 artists, designers, makers and more, Folkestone Creative Quarter is a vibrant urban village of creatives. Wander the picturesque streets of Folkestone’s historic town and buy original artworks and vintage clothes, grab a bite to eat at one of the critically acclaimed restaurants Folkestone has to offer, or just soak up the vibe.
Planning to stay for more than just a day? Head to Quarterhouse for some live music, theatre or comedy. Quarterhouse is Folkestone’s arts centre and the beating heart of the creative scene. Offering world class live entertainment and some cutting edge festivals, there is something for everyone at Quarterhouse.
High speed trains run regularly from London St Pancras International, getting you to Folkestone in just over 50 minutes. Folkestone Central Station is a short walk from the centre of town and approximately 15 minutes from the Creative Quarter and harbour area. For full details visit Southeastern Railway.
From the M20, turn off at junction 13 and follow signs to the Harbour. (SAT NAV USERS – CT20 1BN)
Parking is available behind Quarterhouse with a limited number of spaces. Parking, including monthly and annual permits, can be purchased via PayByPhone.