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Saltburn Cliff Lift, Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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4.7/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great trip down to the bottom. Very friendly staff. Provides a useful service. enjoyed the views. Worth going on. 
  • I was with my grandson with our bicycles, a lovely lady called Susan helped us off at the bottom and made sure my 3 yr old grandson was safe! Very nice all round! Steven and Rocco 
  • This cliff Railway is excellently preserved. It is the oldest, maybe the last, water powered funicular railway in the UK and is well worth a visit. It is also very practical, saving a steep walk from ...  read more »
  • Nice experience worth while going if visiting the area as a tourist or with someone who's new to Saltburn. It's only £1 per adult, kids free.
  • Cool attraction, good photo opportunities
  • Fenicular railway beautifully maintained.
  • Loved it, great to go on a sunny day. Only a quid each way! Better than the cardiac steps!
  • Lovely day fantastic memories x
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