Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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The West Hill Lift is currently closed for essential maintenance. Our engineers are working on it, but the 129 year old equipment needs specialist parts to be made.

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. 

Currently the lifts are only accepting payment by card.

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£2.75 per ticket
Adult Return£4.00 per ticket
Adult Season£51.60 per ticket
Child Group£1.85 per ticket
Child Return£2.50 per ticket
Child Season£35.10 per ticket
Concessions£2.50 per ticket
Family - up to 2 adults 3 Children£11.00 per ticket
Weekly ticket adult£12.10 per ticket
Weekly ticket child£6.60 per ticket
Weekly ticket family£31.80 per ticket

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

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    Recent Reviews:

    • captainblackmore
      Leicester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A lovely ride!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th July 2021
      Easy and efficient yet wonderful fun, a historic lift up to a beautiful scenic view from the country park. Above. Polite, friendly and organised team. COVID secure. Historic and beautifully... Read full review
    • nelsond1
      Bourne End, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Worth a visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th July 2021
      Doesn't last long but worth the experience. Dog friendly and the scenery at the top is lovely. We got a family ticket and felt it was a little expensive for how short the trip was. I can imagine it... Read full review
    • Angie2217
      Norwich, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Magnificent views
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th July 2021
      Had a lovely little trip up to the top of the cliffs. Had a magnificent view over Hastings. Felt very covid safe and was well organised by the pleasant staff. Read full review

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    Opening Times

    Open New Year

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


    Temporarily closed until further notice

    Special Offers

    • 10% off tickets. Full details here: www.towncitycards.com

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    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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