Folkestone in Context
Folkestone’s location on the south Kent coast places the town in an enviable position, with unparalleled scenery and good transport links to the rest of the UK and to Europe. Folkestone was once one of Britain’s most fashionable destinations, but from the sixties onwards a decrease in tourism and other traditional local industries contributed to the town’s decline. Since 2004 a concerted strategy has been developed to regenerate key areas of the Old Town, to bring about major improvements in education provision and to establish new opportunities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors in art and sports. This has had the effect of bringing back greater prosperity to the town, generating new employment opportunities and helping make Folkestone a better place in which to work and live and visit.
Folkestone is set on a beautiful stretch of Channel coast between the Kent Downs to the north east and Romney Marsh to the south west. The town boasts splendid examples of traditional Victorian and Edwardian architecture alongside signature work by contemporary architects such as Sir Michael Hopkins and Lord Foster. The result is an eclectic and elegant mix of styles, where urban development of the highest quality sits alongside the natural landscape of the Kent coast.
Folkestone today is a town in transition, well on the road to a 21st century renaissance.