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The Leas Lift, Folkestone

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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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  • The lead lift was out of action so if you wanted to get down to the sea front you had to use stairs which didn't have handles we didn't go down as l have sciatica  more »
  • Outstanding and nostalgic attraction with a practical purpose. It is a total tragedy to close it due to a minor Health & Safety issue. I am a Chartered H&S Consultant who works on international projec...  more »
  • It needs a really good tidy up. More than a coat of paint. I looks that bad ,I'm not sure if some people would use it. Just how safe is it. A great shame.  more »
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  • Step back in time and save your legs the climb up to the top of the cliff's! Travel on a piece of history, this is one of the oldest water lifts in the country. Magnificent views across the channel as well - weather permitting! Sadly the lift is no longer in operation due to health and safety issues, issues that I am sure would not have existed when the lifts were first put into service.
  • Closed! At 1430! No notice explaining why! Very poor if you have,in my case as a 65 yo with COPD, struggled from the harbour to see it!
  • 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.
  • A very handy lift which travels quickly. Saves a big walk up the cliff.