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


The West Hill Lift is currently closed. Sorry for any incovenience. We will update this page when it reopens. 

The West Hill Lift, first opened in 1891, retains its original wooden Victorian coaches. It runs through a tunnel, very unusual for a funicular railway!

The lift's charming lower station is in traffic-free George Street which is full of independent 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 English Channel. You'll also find Hastings Castle.


Unfortunately, the West Hill Lift is not wheelchair accessible as there is no step-free access. There is limited access on the carriages for push chairs. The East Hill Lift has ramp access.


Please note: The West Hill Cafe, Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle are currently closed.

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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:

    • Dan_Russell_x
      Peterborough, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great attraction for the family
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 25th August 2022
      A great attraction for all of us. Children 9 & 7 and they both really enjoyed it. Worth a visit for sure. This cost the railway wasn’t working. Not sure if that permanent. Hopefully just temporary... Read full review
    • billywhizzkid
      Banbury, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Worth a visit, saves walk up big hill!
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 2nd September 2022
      Enjoyed using the West Cliff Railway to see Smugglers Cove and the great views. Still think it's slightly expensive but worth the visit. Just remember that it is shut half hour for lunch. Read full review
    • Andrew081
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Excellent examples of Victorian Engineering
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th January 2023
      As only return tickets (£4.20 adults, £2.60 children) are available we visited both the East and West railways twice! The walk up the cliff tops is not too arduous so for each railway we got the... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Winter season (1 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

    * The West Hill Lift is closed on Christmas Day only.

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