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Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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West Hill Lift

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.

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.

 

 

 

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
Weekly ticket family£28.00 per ticket

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

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Recent Reviews:

  • juliesY173TC
    Margate, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Childhood memories
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th July 2020
    Again another great thing to do while in Hastings . I’ve done the East and the West cliff railway overs the years . Firstly as a child over forty years ago and it never gets boring . What was great... Read full review
  • 610marianneg
    London, United Kingdom
    Fun Weekend Activity.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th July 2020
    Enjoyed our trip up the cliff railways to access Hastings Castle. Was great to do something different! Read full review
  • Eszter K
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Suitable for all age
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st July 2020
    It suitable for families with a foldable buggy. You must fold your buggy. The price is nice. Under 5 years old the cliff railway is free. Only the south side is in use. Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
West Hill - Summer Openings (1 Mar 2019 - 1 Nov 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30

* Closed Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day. Open New Year's Day.

Week commencing 6 July 2020.
The West Hill Cliff Railway is now open daily but closed for lunch 13.00 - 13.30.

Special Offers

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Tuesday, 4th August 2020 - Tuesday, 4th August 2020

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Awards

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