Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh & The Downs

A wide selection of south facing sandy beaches across the region with shingle beaches at Folkestone, Sandgate, Hythe, Lydd-on-Sea all ideal for sunbathing, relaxing, BBQs and very popular for rod fishing.

There is no shortage of venues for that host a multitude of festivals, events concerts and entertainment throughout the year.

Countryside parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty are in easy reach. The charming seaside village of Sandgate is noted for antique shops and its military and literary association.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle at the Channel Tunnel, just north of Folkestone at Cheriton brings France closer too, with Calais just 35 minutes away and also Folkestone Central and Folkestone West train stations for the high-speed rail link, providing a journey from London of just 57 minutes.


Historically, Hythe and New Romney were part of the 11th century original Cinque Ports responsible for protecting the realm. Henry VIII built diminutive Sandgate Castle in 1539. A chain of sturdy Martello Towers, stretching from Folkestone to Sussex, were constructed during the Napoleonic wars, some of which are open to view by appointment.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway offers a scenic, marshside, one third miniature sized, steam-powered train service from Hythe, through New Romney, to Dungeness.

Saltwood is home to Brockhill Country Park, once part of a large estate, it is 54 acres of grassy valley, woodland, lake and stream. It has signposted walk trails, car parking and a café.

Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park

Nearby Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park are alive with lions, tigers, gorillas and meerkats to provide a truly wild day out. Livingstone Lodge is Britain's only overnight safari-park-stay. 

Visitor Centre

Pay a visit to the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre for information about the history and wildlife of this unique landscape, as well as tips on other things to see and do.

Be sure to visit Elham Valley, nestled midway between Canterbury and Folkestone, within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Come and visit Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh & The Downs to experience something new!

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