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The Leas Lift

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Address: Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone CT20 1QJ, England
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Historical funicular railway

Leas Lift is is one of the oldest water lifts in the UK. A funicular railway which carries passengers between the seafront and the promenade.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom

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Midlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Folkestone should be ashamed of themselves. For a few thousand pounds investment this historic lift would be up a nd running. Visited Feb 2017 and is now permanently closed. Th cars are parked half way up(or down !). Worth a visit any wayway

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Leas Lift is is one of the oldest water lifts in the UK. A funicular railway which carries passengers between the seafront and the promenade.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Leas cliff hall has always been a great place for any event weather it be an evening show or daytime.

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Dover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Victorian water lift, betweemn the Leas and the beach, great engineering, unique attraction. Very sad that it is going

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Thank DesdinovaUK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On approaching the Leas coastal park, there is a sign saying " The Leas Lift open daily". It fails to let you know that it is closed in the winter.You do not find this out until you arrive at the lift which then means climbing the zig zag path!! Not happy!

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Thank Lauren S
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 help. Come and see it soon - it may not be here long now

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 be venturing down to the seafront anymore and with a lack of users it can not be maintained..... More 

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Thank alan s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

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 the lift. Hope that F'stone uses the rotunda/ market space for something to draw the crowds.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

9th January 2017 news today that this wonderful piece of Victorian engineering is having to close due to Health & Safety deeming mechanism to be inherently unsafe after 131 years and carrying 35 million passengers safely !! Suppose that's progress !

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Thank tandafolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Great day...Boys loved going on the lift .Not to expensive and is great to see old things still working. Have a try... Will be back in 2017. Enjoy

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