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Cliff Railways - West Hill

West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

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Cliff Railways - West Hill

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West Hill Lift  

Week commencing 15 July 2019.
THE WEST HILL CLIFF RAILWAY HAS HAD TO CLOSE FOR A TECHNICAL PROBLEM AND HOPES TO REOPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

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.

 

 

 

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:

  • RichardC19
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great Views of Hastings
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    Took both rides whilst I was last in Hastings. The East Railway provides a good view, although there isn't much up there, just a large field. The West Railway takes you to the top of some rocks, and... Read full review
  • krowe19
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    amazing views!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 14th July 2019
    staff were lovely and cards are accepted; a very short journey to the top but that, obviously, is no one's fault. the views at the top were beautiful and so was the ice cream from the ice cream van... Read full review
  • StourviewCottage
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Well worth the trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 16th July 2019
    These trains, veniculars are in amazing condition and the staff were friendly. They don't keep you sitting there till they are full. Up you go. It's nice and slow so OK for nervous people. And very... Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
West Hill - Summer (1 Mar 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
West Hill - Winter (1 Oct 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
West Hill - closed for essential maintenance (2 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed

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

Week commencing 15 July 2019.
THE WEST HILL CLIFF RAILWAY HAS HAD TO CLOSE FOR A TECHNICAL PROBLEM AND HOPES TO REOPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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