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

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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 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.
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:

    • wildfirejc
      Lydd, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 18th August 2022
      One more tick on my bucket list. First saw it when I came to UK in 2003 and always wanted to go up it. Made it up on 17 August 2022. Celebrating my 21st wedding anniversary. £5.20 for two... Read full review
    • Dan_Russell_x
      Peterborough, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great attraction for the family
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 25th August 2022
      A great attraction for all of us. Children 9 & 7 and they both really enjoyed it. Worth a visit for sure. This cost the railway wasn’t working. Not sure if that permanent. Hopefully just temporary... Read full review
    • billywhizzkid
      Banbury, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Worth a visit, saves walk up big hill!
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 2nd September 2022
      Enjoyed using the West Cliff Railway to see Smugglers Cove and the great views. Still think it's slightly expensive but worth the visit. Just remember that it is shut half hour for lunch. Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Winter season (1 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

    * Closed for lunch between 13:00 - 13:30.

    Special Offers

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

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    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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