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The Leas Lift, Folkestone

(4.6/5 based on 460+ 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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  • This has been part of Folkestone since I can remember [67 years] and due to lack of finance is due to be closed down. Money is needed to refurbish and implement more safety and no-one is prepared to h...  more »
  • It is very sad to hear that the lift will now be closing, but it is of course inevitable. Once the market and the Rotunda closed down it was really only a matter of time im afraid. There is no need to...  more »
  • I have always loved the lift and even now a visit to Folkestone isn't complete without a trip up/down in the lift. How amazing would it be to have something alongside the coastal park at the bottom of...  more »
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  • 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.