Folkestone is accessible by bus from most of the UK's main cities. Stagecoach and National Express are the main providers of this service. National Express offer services from London Victoria Coach Station, with journeys taking around 2.5 hours, from Manchester with 1 change and a journey time of 8.5 hours, Plymouth with 1 change and 10 hours and Glasgow with 2 changes at around 13.5 hours. Stagecoach operates the local bus service in and around Folkestone, running journeys at regular intervals to all of the main areas of the city. Folkestone bus station is situated at a central location within the city, from where you can catch one of the frequent buses to the Channel Tunnel which is only a short distance away.
Folkestone is a popular seaside city, with long sandy beaches and historical harbours. Explore the Leas Cliffs which surround the beach, from where you can ride on the Leas Lift, a Victorian water lift which opened in 1885 and connects the cliffs to the beach. At the top of the cliffs you will find the Martello Tower, which was originally constructed as a defence against Napoleon. The George's House Gallery holds regular exhibitions which showcases the work of local artists. There are many indoor adventure playgrounds to keep kids entertained, which is a perfect plan B for when the typical British weather sets in. If the sun is shining be sure to take some time to explore the beautiful Lower Leas Coastal Park which has its own outdoor amphitheatre, followed by traditional fish and chips on the seafront.