"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 Friday 22 June


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1029
Humidity 76%
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Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1030
Humidity 56%
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Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 19°C
(feels like 17°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1030
Humidity 46%
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Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1030
Humidity 51%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1030
Humidity 68%
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Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
Pressure 1031
Humidity 76%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
01:37 BST
(00:37 GMT)
High Tide
07:10 BST
(06:10 GMT)
Low Tide
14:06 BST
(13:06 GMT)
High Tide
19:27 BST
(18:27 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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