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 now open.

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 is currently closed. Hastings Castle is open weekends only. 

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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. Minimum group size is 10 people.
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:

    • theodorosk431
      Trip Type:
      A different, attractive experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 11th August 2023
      The view and the Castle The train is the steepest in the UK It is a different experience but very attractive using the rail lift. Read full review
    • willowb536
      Trip Type:
      Nice experience on travels
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th August 2023
      Does what it says on the tin - nice way to get up to the castle on the hill, reasonably priced and accessible. Read full review
    • lauraletherington
      Worthing, United Kingdom
      Not disabled friendly
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 21st September 2023
      As someone with fibromyalgia I use a mobility scooter to get to places as I can not manage a long distance but am able to walk a short distance and up some steps. On arrival I was told they are not... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Winter season (3 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
    Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:30

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

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