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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
“Great food and drink located with stunning views over Folkestone Harbour and Harbour Arm with the Channel looking across to France”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Just a great place to chill out for the day. A mix of food and drink outlets with regular entertainment and a summer outdoor cinema. With art works dotted around for you to find. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Brilliant play parks for children, BBQ areas lovely gardens that are well maintained. The best bit is it's free. It can get busy in the summer months. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Entertainment
“An arts and entertainment venue with a varied programme of theatre, dance, comedy, film and music.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
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“whether its bar food or a 3-course​ meal in the restaurant​ we have never been disappointed with the food here, also a gorgeous little traditional Pub”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The lively Harbour Arm, which once conveyed the Orient Express direct to its ocean liner, juts out into the sea and springs to life each weekend with pop-up street food stalls, an outdoor cinema, live music, oversized board games and cool DJs. It's also home to Bathtub & Gun, arguably the world's smallest cocktail bar, and a champagne bar secreted in a Grade II-listed lighthouse built in 1897 which is ideal for looking back over the town and watching the sun set. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Transportation
“Hop over the channel to France, 15 minutes drive from The Miller's Barn. You can be in France within the hour, tres bien!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“A lovely kent pub, with open fires in the winter and a rear bear garden in the summer. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Steep Street Coffee House is a licensed book café situated on the Old High Street Offering excellent coffee, freshly made cakes, savoury food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.” 4.8 stars out of 5 – Google Review ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Another great venue for breakfast or lunch in quirky surroundings. Dog friendly too. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A popular sandy beach with lifeguards on duty during busy times. There are arches under the promenade which provide shade and shelter from the elements. You can hire kayaks and paddle boards here too and it is a great place to swim and sandcastle. Just watch out for the tides though. Most of the sand is covered by sea when the tide is at its highest. There is a tide timetable in The Dairy. High tide is a good time for crabbing though and kids can play in the water fountains by the walkway.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“larger cheap supermarket... only 5min walk, and a larger selection than at the nearby Sainsbury's. There are larger Sainsbury's and Tescos a short car journey away, and a Waitrose in Hythe... but this is our closest larger supermarket.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Establishment
“always a great atmosphere, lots going on. Great selection of beers from around the world.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Houses over 100 artistic enterprises within its cobbled centre. Explore pastel-painted studio-galleries, and indulge in quirky stores, laid-back bars and chic eateries. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent Mediterranean style restaurant, two doors down to us. Breakfast available there if you are not in a hurry to leave in the morning (they open at 11). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“As if you need another reason to go to the old high street. El Cortador has a good selection of tapas served both inside and outside on a terrace. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great food and drink located with stunning views over Folkestone Harbour and Harbour Arm with the Channel looking across to France”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“A lovely kent pub, with open fires in the winter and a rear bear garden in the summer. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Great 'posh' fish and chips. Good while strolling around the harbour area. ££”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent Mediterranean style restaurant, two doors down to us. Breakfast available there if you are not in a hurry to leave in the morning (they open at 11). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“As if you need another reason to go to the old high street. El Cortador has a good selection of tapas served both inside and outside on a terrace. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you like curry, this is probably the best in the area! Absolutely delicious food and friendly service. A great find. Get there driving or by taxi. Take away is worth it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Third friday of the month hosts an open mic night in the upstairs coffee shops, fun to watch (or participate!). Downstairs the bar has a good selection of drinks at fair prices.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another great Italian restaurant in the heart of the creative quarter. Quick and friendly staff. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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