Folkestone is an ideal base for daily excursions to surrounding areas of interest including historical attractions, stunning gardens and leisure facilities. Local sports facilities include the Folkestone Sports Centre situated near Radnor Park which has a large swimming pool and one of Kent’s only dry ski slopes. Folkestone is the home of the largest urban art collection in the UK.
For those who are not sporty there’s nothing better than spending a warm sunny morning browsing amongst the variety of High Street shops or take a walk down the Old High Street where there are many galleries of the burgeoning artist’s quarter which spills out into the harbour where you can buy fresh locally caught fish.
Walking along the Marine Parade you will find the funicular Leas Lift (one of the oldest water–balanced cliff lifts in England). A ride in the Lift will take you up to the relaxing Leas promenade for some fantastic views of the coastline. Half way along the leas and just 50 yards away from the Hotel is the Leas Cliff Hall; a newly refurbished entertainment venue, which hosts a varied programme of shows and concerts, it is one of the town’s largest conference venues, featuring a licensed cafe where you can sit and gaze at the wonderful views of the English Channel.
Further along is the Bandstand where live concerts are held in summer. Paths and steps down from the Leas will bring you to Lower Leas Coastal Park. Here you can saunter through woodland to the Amphitheatre, a unique 250 seater grassed arena.
Folkestone’s newly restored Harbour Arm is open daily; a promenade out at sea with a World-class view. It is fantastic for food and drink, as well as one of enjoyment of the town’s heritage and history.