AROUND FOLKESTONE

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is on most people’s “to do” list when they visit Kent. The romantic setting of the moated castle in its landscaped surroundings make it one of the most beautiful castles in the world. As well as the castle and grounds being open to the public, there are also a number of open-air events around the year. Leeds Castle will be sure to remain long in your memory.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is the perfect location for an exciting day out for the whole family to enjoy. Discover its fascinating secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover. Visitors are given the opportunity to walk through the rooms and even an underground hospital giving an informative insight into the castle’s strategic role in World War 2. With so much to see and do for the whole family and great events coming up throughout the summer it is not surprising that Dover Castle is one of Kent’s most popular visitor attractions.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Spend a thrilling day out in Kent at Howletts Wild Animal Park — a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland. There’ll be surprises around every corner on your journey of discovery including close encounters at the glass fronted tiger enclosures, Gorillas, clouded Leopards, Monkeys, Tapirs, giant Anteaters, Macaques, Rhinos and many other rare and endangered species from around the world. Don’t miss the Black Rhino breeding sanctuary, the UK’s largest herd of African elephants and Walking With Lemurs which offers a walk alongside and below our free roaming family of amazingly agile and lively Lemurs!

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is Kent’s mainline in minature. First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the World’s Smallest Public Railway and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the Channel Tunnel, to the fisherman’s cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England and it continues to play a central role in English Christianity. Originally founded in 602 AD by St. Augustine, it still functions as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Community.

Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe is an artificially created land under the White Cliffs, it was created from the chalk and the spoil during the excavation of the Channel Tunnel in 1987.

Eurotunnel

The Channel Tunnel is one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects and is used by Eurotunnel and Eurostar. It is 31 miles long, and on average 150 feet deep under the seabed. Eurotunnel is the operator of the high speed transport system which links the UK and France through the Channel Tunnel, running between Folkestone and Calais (Coquelles). Folkestone, located in Kent on the South East coast of England next to the Straits of Dover is a resort town with excellent communications to London and Europe, and is the home of the Eurotunnel passenger terminal taking freight vehicles, cars and their passengers via the Channel Tunnel to Calais (Coquelles). Eurotunnel underground trains operate under the highest safety & security measures & aim to provide one of the fastest & effortless ways of reaching Europe from the UK. With a crossing duration of 35 minutes, the Eurotunnel service is the fastest way to France.

Ferries to France

There are a number of ferry companies offering comfortable journeys from Dover to Calais at modest prices with regular crossings lasting approximately 1-2 hours.