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Cliff Railways - East Hill

East Hill, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3EG

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Cliff Railways - East Hill

About

 

The United Kingdom's steepest funicular railway is not only a structure of national importance but also a source of immense local pride.

The East Hill Lift provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock-a-Nore. It was in the country park that Hastings resident John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, got the inspiration which led to his first TV experiments.

The lift provides views over the Stade, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe.

 

Legacy of the Railway

The United Kingdom's steepest funicular railway is not only a structure of national importance but also a source of immense local pride.

It casts a welcoming shadow over Europe's largest beach launched fishing fleet and provides thousands of residents and visitors easy access to the Hastings Country Park and some of the most spectacular vantage points over the town.

It's become an enduring symbol of the unique charm and character of Hastings, a symbol powerful and true enough to withstand two world wars and the fast-changing tides of a turbulent century.



Planning of the Railway

This was fraught with unexpected pitfalls and seemingly insurmountable problems.

Although the town's council successfully bought the land, the original owner, the Reverend Sayer-Milward, had retained a covenant through which he could prevent any construction work.

This setback was quickly compounded by the submission of a major petition from people at High Wickham protesting against any proposed development.

The Council responded with a petition of its own in which 500 residents offered their support for the idea of a cliff railway. This created the impetus for a series of complex negotiations with Sayer-Milward which, after many arduous months, concluded with him granting approval in 1898.

Construction of the Railway

If the Council had found the planning process to be tough, it was nothing compared to the nightmare of the actual construction.

Deep faults in the rocks made it extremely difficult to safely evacuate the shaft and construction workers faced all manner of hidden hazards and perils.

In the Summer of 1902 the opening of the railway had to be delayed because one of the carriages (containing several Council officials) was derailed just fifteen yards from its apex.

Despite all of this, on August 10 1902, the railway finally opened and the first chapter of a one hundred year story had been written.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Group£2.50 per ticket
Adult Return£3.50 per ticket
Adult Season£46.00 per ticket
Child Group£1.70 per ticket
Child Return£2.20 per ticket
Child Season£31.00 per ticket
Concessions£2.20 per ticket
Family - up to 2 adults 3 Children£10.00 per ticket
Weekly ticket adult£11.00 per ticket
Weekly ticket child£6.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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    258
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Recent Reviews:

  • kellyo444
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fantastic views
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    It's a short trip but we'll worth it. The views are stunning. And the experience in itself is worth it. Staff are really friendly too, give it ago xxx Read full review
  • Paul C
    Wickham Market, United Kingdom
    Holiday with Family
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th August 2019
    Had promised grandchildren 7 & 5 earlier in the week that we would take a ride when back in Hastings. Great views and very interesting to see and ride on suck a mode of transport. We did not have... Read full review
  • Coastermad
    Sussex
    Spoilt by a staff member and cost.
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st August 2019
    I think it is something that has to be done whilst there but at £7.40 for one adult and 2 kids for a 30 second each way ride is a bit steep (excuse the pun). The chap at the pay kiosk was a miserable... Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
East Hill - Summer Openings (1 Mar 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:30
East Hill - October Openings (1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
East Hill - Winter Openings (1 Nov 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
Christmas and New Year Openings (23 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Day

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