The Warren Beach (Folkestone)

This sandy beach, near Folkestone, has rocks and some good rock pools. The beach is quite popular with fossil hunters as over the years some interesting specimens have been found here.

Behind the beach, the area known as The Warren Country Park has been formed by centuries of land slippage.  Steep paths wind through this woodland and the chalk cliffs.  The Country Park is home to a wide variety of rare animal and plant life. These include some rare types of butterfly and around 150 species of birds can be seen around the cliffs. Wild cabbage, samphire and rock sea lavender can also be found here.

From the top of the cliffs there are spectacular views out to sea.

Nearby, Folkestone’s East Cliff has three Martello towers, built in Napoleonic times as part of the south coast defence system.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

No dogs allowed between May 1 to September 30

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



CT19 6NQ

OS grid ref.

TR 2481 3764


Parking is at the country park.

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The Warren Beach (Folkestone) Reviews

An area of contrasts

Dav Le Bouef
Jan 01st 2022

To be able to search for fossils, play on clean sand, wonder at some of the historic and Interesting man-made structures and scramble up chalky cliffs all in close proximity is a treat that the Warren offers up.
It may be Inaccessible in places and is relatively poorly signposted but it’s not overly sanitised or sterile. You come away feeling you’ve had an adventure.

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