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The Leas Lift

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Address: Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone CT20 1QJ, England
Phone Number: 01303 210047
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Really quaint lift

lovely old restored water lift from leas to beach, well worth the few pence to save the walk and help to keep the lifts working, very interesting old lifts

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sharon C
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

lovely old restored water lift from leas to beach, well worth the few pence to save the walk and help to keep the lifts working, very interesting old lifts

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Thank Sharon C
Sutton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The journey may be short but it is definitely worth it. The cars are a little slice of the past but also an amazing feat of engineering. You pay for a one way trip, up or down and it's only £1.20. We did an upward journey on one day and the downward another. The way the lifts work is by... More 

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Stafford
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64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of only three water powered lifts in this country so definitely worth a visit. My partner has now been on all three and was grateful to the staff who allowed him to "see behind the scenes". Much appreciated and well worth the £1.20 each way for this experience. Well informed and friendly staff .

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Thank SophieStafford
Worthing, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited The Leas at Folkestone today. Years since we've been here so just had to use the lift to go down and back up again later. It's great to see it still in use. Love it!

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Thank TheresaV50
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this is one of the "must do" things while you're in Folkestone! It's located on the Leas and takes you down to the beach. When you want to come back up it saves the uphill hike either up the zig zag path or the hill by the roadside. It is £1.20 per adult, 80p for children and surprisingly... More 

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Folkestone
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great adventure for children. And if you do not wish to walk up Remembrance hill which is steep or the zig zag path. Only a few minutes ride but also supporting locally.

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Vaux-en-Beaujolais, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The 2 cars are linked by a cable, water is pumped into the one at the top until the car weighs enough to pull up the one at the bottom . they only need enough water to overcome the wheight difference between the 2 cars Brilliantly simple. The original steam powered pump is now electric. Also for those not fascinated... More 

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Thank Jonathan F
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in a village near folkestone and as a kid we would come on here and always see it. It hasn't changed one bit, its about £4-£5 if I remember correctly? Not too bad but not good for someone on a budget.

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Thank Emsxo
Essex, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found lift after walking along coast from The Leas, and was wondering how to get back up again.....feeling knackered. It was a new experience much needed and when in use is amazing how it works. Very enjoyable and well worth the fee....especially for the aged and tired...both referring to me

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's brilliant that this lift is still going after so many years, such a historically important part of Folkestone. Plus, it's a great easy way to get up/down the cliff, it's cheap, and the kids love it!

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