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Once an important shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th century, Folkestones harbour has diminished somewhat since the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the cessation of ferry crossings but is recently enjoying a resurgence due to exciting and major developments.

The Harbour Arm, once the departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, is now home to small, independent food and drink outlets, selling locally sourced produce; from seafood at The Sole Kitchen, hog roast and real ales at The Pullman's "Hog & Hop" to Champagne at The Lighthouse.

Opposite The Harbour Arm, where local fishing boats bob on their moorings, you can take a walk along The Stade, with fish n' chips from The Smokehouse, as you head towards the golden beach of Sunny Sands. Or, if you prefer something a little more refined, how about the exquisite a la carte restaurant and bar Rocksalt, owned by former Claridges Head Chef Mark Sargeant, with it's unique positioning actually over the water of the harbour!

If you head away from the sea and into town, you will come across the vibrant Creative Quarter, which offers a large choice of galleries, such as Georges House and Googies Art Cafe, as well as The Quarterhouse, Folkestones second largest theatre and music venue (The Leas Cliff Hall being the first), which frequently plays host to live acts of all sorts as well as exhibitions and events.

Folkestone is quickly becoming a colourful, creative hub, from art to food and definitely warrants closer inspection here on View.

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