Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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The West Hill Lift is currently closed.

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.

 

 

 

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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:

  • robertamy2
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    greay
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th January 2021
    when the lift first moved it made the wife crap her pants. It was great it seemed as if the lift had no rails. I thought she was going to have a heart attack. i wanted her to use the lift to go down... Read full review
  • acs1984
    Cockermouth, United Kingdom
    Fab
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 20th February 2021
    We had an enjoyable ride on the cliff railway. There wasn’t anything open at the top that day but we didn’t mind anyway as we only wanted to go for the ride and then a walk about. The staff were... Read full review
  • Davidhobb
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th April 2021
    Shame the West Hill lift wasn't open, but got the east hill lift and it was beautiful with nice staff. East Hill had some wonderful views Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year

* 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.

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