Saltburn Cliff Lift, Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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The Saltburn Cliff Lift is a funicular railway located in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the world.Cliff hoist 1870–1883The Stockton and Darlington Railway arrived in Saltburn from Redcar on 17 August 1861, prompting a growth in day and holiday travellers. Like many seaside resorts, this created a local business initiative, resulting in various pieces of construction, including the Saltburn Pier completed in 1869. Access to the pier from the town via the steep cliff top was difficult, so a solution was sought.The Saltburn Pier company contracted John Anderson to engineer a solution, which was the wooden Cliff Hoist. Allowing up to 20 people to be placed in a wooden cage and then lowered by rope to beach level, it opened on 1 July 1870, some 14 months after the opening of the pier. Approaching the hoist from the town by a narrow walkway, the passengers then descended 120ft, after water had been added to or taken away from a counterbalance tank.Cliff lift 1884–presentAfter the pier company was sold to the Middlesbrough Estate in August 1883, the new owners had the Cliff Hoist inspected by independent engineers, who condemned it due to numerous rotten timbers. The Cliff Hoist was therefore demolished in late 1883.
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  • What you don't see from the pictures of this is how pretty the little cars (if that's what the two little things that run up and down the rails are called) are in side. They have lovely stained glass ...  more »
  • Although it is fair to say the Cliff Lift is used a lot by families with small children, it is also used by most elderly people, generally with walking difficulties, and to find that the concession pr...  more »
  • Yesterday we visited Saltburn on a glorious, bright day. it was thronging with people and such a joy to see all our familiar haunts, the beach; pier; the woodland walk and the Ship Inn. But our trip o...  more »
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  • Always a lovely part of Yorkshire history to experience. The staff are always chatty ans friendly and happy to answer any questions related to the Tramway or the Pier. Great pier, beach, arcade (take lots for 2p coins!), ice cream and chip shops at the bottom. Lovely small town and prom at the top. Good prices for the Tramway; £1 per adult, 50p per child and Under 3s go free.
  • Great authentic victorian cliff railway. You pay £1 each at the bottom. There is more of a queue going up than coming down but the journey is very smooth. It saves your legs. Think it closes around 6.30 but best to check. I think you should be able to get a wheelchair in, without too much trouble.
  • August 2017 Beautifully maintained traditional little funicular tramway leading from the free parking cliff top srea of town to Saltburn seafront & pier. £1 per person per journey with no concessions. There is also a long stairway nearby and a pay & display car park at the Base of the cliff. Lovely traditional seafront with lots to offer. Perfect for all the family.
  • Nice little seaside resort, not to far away from Middlesbrough so easy to go for a day out, or stay a while. It is nice and relaxing good place to chill, don't come here if you are expecting a Blackpool.
  • Everyone enjoys the gentle ride and saving your breath on the way up...but shouldn't you take the stairs to earn those fish'n'chips ? A well preserved little slice of Saltburn.

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