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The Leas Lift, Folkestone

(4.5/5 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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TripAdvisor
  • A piece of history which is in danger of being closed for ever. Folkestone should focus on keeping historic engineering master pieces like this aswell, just like the labour front, because it attracts ...  more »
  • The Folkestone water lift is an excellent piece of engineering, being powered by moving water between the two cars. It's a shame that this c attraction may not be around and open to the public, due to...  more »
  • It is such a shame that funding has run out for the lift. Hopefully money can be found to keep it open. A vital part of our transport system between the harbour and the Leas.  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.