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Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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Cliff Railways - West Hill

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The lift is closed for repairs. We'll keep you updated on its reopening.

Update November 2019: The lift's main drive wheel, which it was originally hoped could be repaired, now needs to be replaced. When the lift was built 127 years ago, these wheels were commonly produced for collieries. However, the new wheel has to be designed and cast individually, and we are awaiting timescale estimates.

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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4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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    483
  • Very Good
    261
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    78
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Recent Reviews:

  • daleg347
    Kington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Cliff railway
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 7th November 2019
    Unfortunately this was closed when we wen for maintenance and repairs. If your disabled you cant go up with a wheelchair or mobility scooter on the west railway but you can on the east one. We've... Read full review
  • Morley L
    Historic engineering and fun
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th November 2019
    This funicular transport is a great way to go up to the fantastic views of Hastings and great for walks and rides. It gave me a completely different perspective of the area. One of the railways was... Read full review
  • MrsGemmaDavies
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Best way to get to the best views
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 24th November 2019
    Magnificent feat of early engineering that quickly and easily gets you to the top of the cliffs in order to experience the best views across Hastings. Feels like you are stepping back in time as you... Read full review

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Opening Times

Open New Year
West Hill - Winter (1 Oct 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
West Hill - closed for essential maintenance (2 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed

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

Week commencing 15 July 2019.
THE WEST HILL CLIFF RAILWAY HAS HAD TO CLOSE FOR A TECHNICAL PROBLEM AND HOPES TO REOPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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