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    Ride the Leas Cliff Lift

    by Kettleman Updated Sep 16, 2010
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    After many years and a recent scare that the lift would be lost forever, the second car was replaced and to commemorate the 125th anniversary, the lift is once again open to the public and fully operational.

    The fare is 90p per journey per adult and it is well worth that to get down to the Lower Leas and the Harbour from the Leas and the main town.

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  • jelly Eal's and whelks

    by janezhang_s Written May 24, 2010

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    have you ever been discussed by a local people while you're enjoying a local food? well, if you want to experience it, go to folkestone harbour.
    That's the place I keep visiting every time when I'm in folkestone, I love chewing the sweetness from whelks, while many locals can't appreciate their local food, and call them"tasteless". I love the mixture of the other sweetness of the mixture between jelly Eal and the chilly vinegar.Oh Mama, they are so tasty( if your tongue buds haven't bee destroyed by the gravy) and never bring me worrying about cholesterol and calorie. I mean, you wouldn't concentrated by food if you worry too much would you?

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    Take a stroll along the Leas

    by St_Vincent Written May 31, 2009
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    The Leas is effectively Folkestone's promenade, although due to the coastline it actually sits some way above sea level. It includes squares and gardens and was designed in the mid 1800's by Decimus Burton who also worked on buildings and gardens at London Zoo and Kew Gardens. There is also a bandstand (sadly not the original) where events take place during the Summer. Down from the Leas at sea level is the Lower Leas Coastal Park which includes walking/cycling trails, an amphitheatre and a large children’s play area. To get from the Leas to sea level there are a number of walking routes or alternatively there is a funicular railway/lift (see transport tip for details).

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    Visit the Harbour area

    by St_Vincent Written May 31, 2009
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    If you are in Folkestone make some time to go to the harbour area and have a stroll through the railway arches. The harbour is tidal and the tide moves quickly so if you time it right you can watch the harbour change from a muddy mess into a flurry of activity as the fishing boats come in. Some of those boats will be replenishing the many fresh seafood stalls along the harbour. There are also a couple of decent pubs, for a quiet pint I'd recommend The Mariner.

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    Folkestone Trienniel

    by Kettleman Written Jul 14, 2008

    The Trienniel is on during the summer of 2008 from June 14th to September 14th.

    Dotted around the town are artworks from a diverse bunch of artists including Kent girl Tracey Emins.

    The idea is to encourage visitors to walk round and see things for themselves guided by the artists.

    Excellent stuff.

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    FOLKESTONE VIADUCT

    by whitecliff62 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    FOLKESTONE VIADUCT

    The railway viaduct in Folkestone is a huge monument and a huge testement to the skill of the victorian builders and engineers. Before the viaduct was built the main rail network terminated at Folkestone so a new rail link to Dover had to be built, the Architect and engineer who got the job was William Cubitt, work began on the viaduct in 1843 and it was the largest construction by the south eastern railway

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    FOLKESTONE MUSEUM

    by whitecliff62 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    FOLKESTONE MUSEUM

    Not many visitors to Folkestone realise that there is a great museum here, the museum specialises in Roman Britian in this area because Kent was the first part of Britain to be developed by the Romans in AD43, so this part of Kent is steeped in Roman history. The museum also contains material from the Wear bay Roman Villa site, near the Warren Folkestone which was excavated in 1924

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    THE NEGLECTED AREA OF FOLKESTONE

    by whitecliff62 Written Feb 25, 2006

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    OLD BUILDINGS

    This old building is where the boating pool used to be and the entrance to the huge outdoor swimming pool which was filled in years ago, since then it has slowly decayed and rotted, as i prob mentioned before this area is due for total remodernisation but when is another story

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    THE NEGLECTED AREA OF FOLKESTONE

    by whitecliff62 Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    THE DOME

    Sadly not much now remains of the famous rotunda amusement park, this is one of the only buildings still standing, its the second dome, the first dome and the original was demolished a couple of years ago, this was once a thriving area and packed with holiday makers enjoying a fun day at the seaside amusements but now its all gone, but i still have my memories

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    Leas Cliff Hall

    by St_Vincent Updated Feb 18, 2006

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    The Leas Cliff Hall is Folkestone's premier entertainment venue and is also available for private hire for parties, conferences etc. At first look you could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a large ice cream kiosk but that is just the entrance foyer. The main part of the building is underground being built into the cliffs below. Behind the entrance foyer, which is on the Leas, is a large balcony giving great views of the Channel and the harbour area. I remember visiting the Leas Cliff Hall in the 1970's to watch wrestling, nowadays much of the entertainment is music or comedy shows. You can check listings and book online on their website.

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    RADNOR PARK

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    RADNOR PARK

    This is part of radnor park, its a large open area of green set aside for all forms of outdoor persuits, this photo is of the fishing pond. Its founder member Lord Radnor can be found in my travelogues under RADNOR PARK

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    FOLKESTONES OLDEST

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    THE OLD HIGH STREET

    This is Folkestones oldest street, it leads from the town to the harbour at the bottom, there are some lovely little shops down this road too. Well worth a walk to the bottom, but its a killer on the legs when you walk back up

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    FOLKESTONE PIER

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    FOLKESTONE PIERS

    This photo shows both of folkestone piers, the one in the background used to take people to france on the cross channel ferries untill its closure a few years ago, the nearest cross channel service is now in the port of Dover

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    FOLKESTONE INNER HARBOUR

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    FOLKESTONE INNER HARBOUR

    This is the Folkestone inner harbour, where all the fishing trawlers bring in there catch in high tide. Its totally surounded by sea walls so it stays calm even on a rough day. The photo shows the hotel Burstin in the background, and the old railway that used to take the passengers on to the cross channel ferries, this is a great place to walk on a sunny sunday morning

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    FOLKESTONE BEACH

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    FOLKESTONE BEACH

    Folkestone beach has always been very popular ever since i was a kid, its set in a natural bay with clean soft sand and no rocks to stub your big toe on. These days Folkestone beach has got the blue flag award for clean beaches, but it was not like that when i was a kid, just to the bottom of the photo used to be a huge sewage outlet which used to pump raw sewage into the bay at high tide, but in recent years they have built a massive treatment plant, which is in the top of the photo, and the problem is no more

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