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The Leas Lift, Folkestone

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
The Folkestone Leas Lift is not only a working water balance lift, but it is also open as a living museum to provide educational facilities for school children, students or anyone else having an interest in Victorian engineering.

The lift is a remarkable piece of engineering that has carried more than 50 million people since it opened, in a process that is extremely energy effect, emits no pollution, recycles 100% of the water it uses to drive the cars and has a very small carbon footprint.

The company is only the fourth organisation to manage the lift in a history that spans two world wars and a recent decline in the town's fortunes!
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  • I live in Folkestone and quite often use the lift. It is a genuine antique which should stay in Folkestone. We did have another in Folkestone but it went a long time ago. I think the only other one I'...  read more »
  • A lovely lift from the town to beach level. The journey is very short but worth it if your mobility is limited. At the bottom is a vast and largely unused car park but also the start of the lower Leas...  read more »
  • This is a must if you want to get down to the sea front without using to much leg power. Lovely staff, very friendly and its only £1.20p. 
  • A very handy lift which travels quickly. Saves a big walk up the cliff.
  • Unfortunatley, the lift was temporarily closed when I was there in May as the carriages were being repaired - may be best to check in advance if going out of your way to visit.
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