Radnor Park is split into two distinct areas with easy access to the whole park
Visiting Radnor Park
You can access the whole park by car, foot, bike and public transport. Folkestone Central train station is right opposite and offers a high speed service to London, while local buses stop nearby.
The fun fair, circus and the popular Donkey Derby take place here every year making it a great place to visit for families.
The lower park offers a contrast to the upper park with the emphasis on quiet recreation spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy.
The park offers
- Wide open spaces for informal recreation activities
- Goal posts
- Fishing and boating ponds
- Bowls club
- Two modern play areas
- Drinking fountain
- Family events such as the fun fair, circus and Donkey Derby
- Tea Room
- Toilet facilities (including RADAR access and baby changing)
- Picnic tables (and grass areas for picnics)
- Fenced dog run
- Floral displays
The upper Radnor Park play area was redesigned and installed in July 2017. It now offers an exciting range of play equipment for youngsters of all ages, with a railway-themed zone for toddlers featuring a climbing train and carriage, tunnels and tracks, a roundabout and a train station.
A 20 metre long zip line, a raised hill, and climbing equipment including a six metre high pyramid net are in place to keep any eight to 12 year olds occupied.
Funding for the renovations came from many different bodies including Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Radnor Park Community Group, The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Folkestone Town Council and East Kent College.
Radnor Park was donated to the people of Folkestone by the Earl of Radnor in 1886.
Original features included fishing and boating ponds, a mock-Tudor Lodge, tree avenues and a drinking fountain.
Many of these features still exist on the park and following extensive renovations in 2016 and 2017, the drinking fountain is again working with a new statue of St Eanswythe (the Patron Saint of Folkestone) watching over the park. The lodge is now a popular tea room.