Folkestone is a harbour town on the English Channel, in the south east corner of Kent, with the coast of France, a mere 39 km (24 miles) away. The seaside town lies on the southern edge of the North Downs in a valley between two cliffs. The harbour usage has reduced in part due to the Channel tunnel taking away ferries to France.

There are two south-facing beaches in Folkestone either side of the harbour. Sunny Sands is to the east whilst Lower Leas Coastal Park is to the west.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 4 beaches around Folkestone, 46 beaches in Kent, or have a look at our list of Kent dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, places to stay and eat:

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    The Warren Folkestone Beach

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    Royal Military Canal

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    Lower Leas Coastal Park Beach

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    Sandgate Beach

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    Sunny Sands Beach

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