"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Folkestone Beach

Folkestone bathing water is a resort beach in Kent. It is situated at the northern edge of Hythe Bay, which stretches from Folkestone down to the headland of Dungeness. The beach is of fine sand mixed with occasional gravel. It is only 200 metres wide and enclosed in a small bay with chalk cliffs in the east and a breakwater in the west. Adjacent to the breakwater is a small harbour. The bay is backed by a promenade and rocky cliffs.

Beach type: Sand/Shingle

Nearest town: Folkestone

Local authority: Kent County Council

OS Grid Reference: TR238362


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Folkestone Beach

  • Martello Tower No 3 Visitor Centre (0m)
  • Rotunda Amusement Park (1m)
  • Folkestone Library, Museum and Art Gallery (1m)
  • Leas Bandstand (1m)
  • The Leas Lift (1m)
  • Folkestone Ski Centre (1m)
  • Lower Leas Coastal Park (2m)
  • Kidz Planet (2m)
  • Kent Battle of Britain Museum (3m)
  • Mudpie Pottery Painting Creative Studio (3m)
  • Bridledown Children's Farm and Wildlife Centre (3m)
  • Peene Quarry Picnic Site (3m)
  • Elham Valley Railway Museum (3m)
  • Macfarlanes Butterfly Centre (4m)

Tourist Information

Discover Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh
20 Bouverie Place Shopping Centre
CT20 1AU

Phone 01303 258 594


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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Wednesday 13 December


Chance of rain 22%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 11mph.
Pressure 1000
Humidity 99%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 53%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1001
Humidity 89%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 16%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 998
Humidity 89%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 71%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 8mph.
Pressure 994
Humidity 90%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 994
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 79%
Max temp. 5°C
(feels like 1°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 8mph.
Pressure 992
Humidity 84%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
01:43 GMT
High Tide
07:06 GMT
Low Tide
14:18 GMT
High Tide
19:51 GMT

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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This sand and shingle beach is located in a bay, backed by cliffs.

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