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Folkestone Museum

About Folkestone Museum

Folkestone Museum - interior_view.jpgBeing on the south coast, Folkestone has been an important centre of trade with Europe throughout history.  The Folkestone Museum and Library records this through exhibits that depict life in the area for as long as records exist.

In prehistoric times, Folkestone was under water, with the English Channel being part of a vast tropical ocean. When the seas receded, they left behind an array of aquatic life that has become fossilised over the years.

When the Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD, the south coast was the first part o Britain to be extensively developed with the construction of major towns and a network of roads that extended across the country.

The museum is very heavily into research of the history of the region, and this is reflected in the way in which artefacts and records are available for viewing and examination by appointment to researchers.

In 1999, the museum was refurbished and contains material on the East Wear Bay Roman Villa site. Additional material is housed in the adjacent Heritage Research Room.

Popular Finds Days are regularly organised in the Museum. Temporary exhibitions often follow the theme of Archaeology and illustrated talks are often organised.
Please contact us for details.

Events in the Museum
Finds Days
Sat 19th July - 10am to 12.30pm

Also in libraries:
  Hythe - (Sat 11th October 10am to 12.30pm)
Lydd - (Sat 26th April
10.30am to 12.30pm)

Useful information

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Paid parking nearby

Small gift shop in Heritage Room

Restaurant nearby in building (ground floor)

Licensed Restaurant/cafe nearby

Wheelchair access

Opening times

All year
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Wednesday, Saturday

9.30am - 6.00pm
9.30am - 5.00pm
9.30am - 7.00pm
10.00am - 4.00pm NEW!

Admission prices (Single)

All year


The prices quoted on this page are correct : December 2002

Contact details

Folkestone Museum
Folkestone Library
2 Grace Hill
CT20 1HD


Tel : 01303 256710

Fax : 01303 256710

Website :
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My thanks to Folkestone Museum
and especially Janet Adamson for help in constructing this page
All photographs used © Folkestone Museum
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