Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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Picture of the Victorian coaches still used today on West Hill Cliff Railway, Hastings

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The West Hill Lift retains its original wooden Victorian coaches, and also runs through a tunnel, very unusual for a funicular.

The lift's charming lower station is in traffic-free George Street which is full of continental-style cafés, art shops and bookshops.

The West Hill itself offers some of the town's most remarkable views, stretching round to Beachy Head in the west and out across the Channel, the busiest sea lane on the world. Better still, you can enjoy these sights from inside the West Hill Café which is open throughout the Summer and offers a wide range of drinks and meals.

Please note that there is limited access on the West Hill carriages for large prams and push chairs. 

Currently the lifts are only accepting payment by card.

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.

The lift's charming lower station is in traffic-free George Street which is full of continental-style cafés, artshops and bookshops.

The West Hill itself offers some of the town's most remarkable views, stretching round to Beachy Head in the west and out across the Channel, the busiest sea lane on the world. It was on this hilltop that Hastings resident John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, made his first radar experiments.

Better still, you can enjoy these sights from inside the West Hill Café which is open throughout the Summer and offers a wide range of drinks and meals.

 

 

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Return£4.20 per ticket
Child Return£2.60 per ticket
Concessions£2.60 per ticket
Family - up to 2 adults 3 Children£12.00 per ticket

Currently the lifts are only accepting payment by card.
All tickets include return journeys.
Ticket are available for tours and school groups at £3.00 per adult / £2.00 per child.
Weekly and seasonal tickets are available. Weekly: £13.00 adult / £7.00 child/ £34.00 family. Season: £55.00 adult / £37 child.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Garry H
      Kent, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Westhill tram
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th May 2022
      Me and my wife decided to take a trip up in the tram I haven't been on it since I was young myself it was very worth the money we even got a concession as my wife is disabled I'd like to thank the... Read full review
    • pauld267
      Bath, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Cliff top ride
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 12th May 2022
      This is a well looked after railway. Very friendly staff and very clean and well maintained. It's £4 return which is a far price. Great views from the top Read full review
    • Charles B
      Northampton, United Kingdom
      Great ride
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 24th May 2022
      When we visited, the East hill railway was closed. We took a ride in the West hill railway. Great friendly staff and a lovely nostalgic ride. Shame it’s mostly in a tunnel but takes you to a lovely... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    West Hill Lift (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
    Bank HolidayOpen

    * Closed for lunch between 13:00 - 13:30.

    Special Offers

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    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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