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Published August 26th 2020
What to see in Folkestone - visit the Creative Quarter
The Creative Quarter in Folkestone is an area found around the harbour and along the Old High Street. Considered the heart of Folkestone, it's the place to head for if you're spending the day in town. There are art installations, studios, galleries and boutique shops to be found in this part of Folkestone. It's a lovely place to wander around, to grab a coffee and to shop.

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The Old High Street, Folkestone

The Old High Street is a steep, narrow lane. It's a cobblestone street that is pedestrianised. Although it involves a bit of a climb to get to the top, there are so many shop windows to look into, you are easily distracted.

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Art, photography and sculptures can be seen in the shop windows

All the shops in the Old High Street are independent stores. Some have quirky names, such as the children's shop called "Moo Like A Monkey". There are homeware shops, vintage clothes stores, knitting and fabric shops and vinyl record stores to be found in this area. Just the place to treat yourself, or buy a gift for someone special. The shops sell one-offs that you won't find anywhere else. On the whole, the items are not overpriced.

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Moo Like A Monkey shop in Folkestone

After you have walked the length of The Old High Street, you will find a choice of places to eat near the top. There are two wonderful ice-cream shops that offer grown-up sweet dishes. You'll also find independent coffee shops and a couple of restaurants too. This area has plenty to offer during the daytime and the evening.

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Independent stores along The Old High Street in Folkestone

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Steep Street Coffee House

There is more to see at either end of The Old High Street. At the lower end is the harbour, the old railway station and the Harbour Arm. The Harbour Arm is an area of small bars and restaurants that are slowly growing in popularity.

For well-known high street shops, head to the newer high street higher up.

Looking up The Old High Street in Folkestone
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Why? To shop and see art
Where: Creative Quarter, Folkestone
Cost: Free to wander
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