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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 United Kingdom.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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  • We love the Victorian cliff lift and would recommend it to visitors but it has limited operating hours during the winter - for example it wasn't open when we visited on a Saturday in early January (bu...  more »
  • A great example of Victorian ingenuity and engineering frozen in time! Beautifully restored and run by enthusiastic staff it is a delightful facility - worth visiting Saltburn just to experience it! 
  • use it one way or return - the kids love it and the fascinating thing about it: it works with water !!! Don´t know how? Come and explore ;-) 
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  • Excellent service, friendly staff and very cheap. It is a wonderful piece of engineering and great that it is still serving the people live in and visit Saltburn.
  • Beautiful place. Mini golf, ice creams and delicious fish and chips.
  • My Wife and I called here on our wedding day, fabulous photos ensued! The staff were great, and allowed us to ride one way for free! ;-)
  • An amazing piece of history plus a fun way of going to the top of the hill
  • Quirky small town with a lot of history and nice fish and chips