Cliff Railways - East Hill

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

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Cliff Railways - East Hill


The East Hill Lift is currently open seven days a week.

Until end of October - 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Closed for lunch 1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

From 1 November throughout winter - 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Closed for lunch 1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

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.

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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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Recent Reviews:

  • robertamy2
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th January 2021
    when the lift first moved it made the wife crap her pants. It was great it seemed as if the lift had no rails. I thought she was going to have a heart attack. i wanted her to use the lift to go down... Read full review
  • acs1984
    Cockermouth, United Kingdom
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 20th February 2021
    We had an enjoyable ride on the cliff railway. There wasn’t anything open at the top that day but we didn’t mind anyway as we only wanted to go for the ride and then a walk about. The staff were... Read full review
  • Davidhobb
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th April 2021
    Shame the West Hill lift wasn't open, but got the east hill lift and it was beautiful with nice staff. East Hill had some wonderful views Read full review

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Opening Times

Open New Year
East Hill - Summer Openings (1 Mar 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
East Hill - Winter Openings (1 Nov 2021 - 28 Feb 2022)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Day, open Boxing Day.


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