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

About

The West Hill Lift is now reopened

 

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:

  • SueT163
    Hastings
    misleading website detail
    2 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th September 2021
    Telephone number provided on the official website for the lift is incorrect. Advertising ticket cost from £1.85 is misleading and needs to be clearer. Also there is only a return ticket option. On... Read full review
  • Jma61
    Warlingham, United Kingdom
    East Hill cliff Railway
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th September 2021
    Great views going both up and down Lovely open countryside at the top £4 return fare is worth it to keep this fascinating mode of transport running Read full review
  • sarahhJ5109CT
    Wells-next-the-Sea, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely little ride
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th September 2021
    Whilst the experience was great it did not feel covid secure we were the only people masked despite there being signs stating you must wear one! I do hope all these people remember when we’re locked... Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
West Hill - Summer Openings (3 Sept 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
West Hill - Winter Openings (1 Nov 2021 - 28 Feb 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

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

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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