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The Leas Lift

Address: Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone CT20 1QJ, England
Phone Number: 01303 210047
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Folkestone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Cairo
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Nice little feature that must be kept. Historical and a great asset, to take visitors and family on a small victorian flashback for a few minutes on the fun lift.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This lift is one of the very few water driven lifts in the country and for those who love nostalgia a great place to visit and experience.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Time warp . Back to my youth. Great experience. So many thankyous. Stayed at grand burstin. Saved climbing the huge hill.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Had a lovely walk with the kids in the coastal park and the adventure playground. It's so nice to be able to jump on the lift back up to The Leas. Wonderful view on the way up (or down!) and they didn't mind the buggy!

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Leas Lift is water powered by its own underground spring. It is a novel way of going from the town to the beach and up again. The lift has seats, is cheap and the grandkids love the ride. The view as you go down to the beach is stunning and although it is very soon over it makes a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great little lift down to the harbour - cheap as chips for a pound each per adult and free children under 6! Worth a go if nearby- especially if you have a buggy! Getting up the to the top can be quite a chore with out this little saviour.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It was great, like going into the past of Folkestone, people operating the vernicalur railway were very helpful.We need to keep these things going!!

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Stanford Le Hope
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

After a long walk along the Leas we treated ourselves to the lift up. Such great value at £1 per adult - they could so easily charge silly money. It felt like a step back in time, it's so great this is still running - great to support local history. It was a 30 second ride but great value.

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Cardiff
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A novel form of transportation as it is water powered. It only takes a couple of minutes for the journey and costs £1 or 50 pence for pensioners. Friendly, voluntary staff running it.

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kent
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A brilliant way to get down to the beach area, an even better way to get up! There is a lot to see in the area around the top of the lift. The lovely open space of the Leas and plenty of lovely sea views. The newly built Arch just a few yards from the Lift entrance commemorates the soldiers... More 

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