The civil parish shares the boundaries of Folkestone Sandgate ward, at . It had a population of 4,225 at the 2001 census. It is the site of Sandgate Castle, a Device Fort. H.G. Wells lived at Spade House, and it was also the birthplace of comedian Hattie Jacques.
The Morcheeba song "The Sea" is written about the beachside bar 'Bar Vasa'. Sandgate Hotel appeared on the Channel 4 programme Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on 27 February 2006. Other pubs include The Ship Inn, The Providence Inne, The Clarendon Inn and The Royal Norfolk Hotel.
St Paul's Church lies next to the Saga building, which is built on the site of Enbrook House.
The primary school is Sandgate Primary School and is on Coolinge Lane. The old Sandgate School building still exists close to Spade House.
Folkestone Rowing Club is in Sandgate.
There are a number of pubs in Sandgate, including The Ship, The Providence Inne and The Earl of Clarendon.
Sandgate is also home to a bicycle and coffee shop which can be found at The Hub.