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


The West Hill Lift, first opened in 1891, retains its original wooden Victorian coaches. It runs through a tunnel, very unusual for a funicular railway!

The lift's charming lower station is in traffic-free George Street which is full of independent 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 English Channel. You'll also find Hastings Castle (please check opening times).


Unfortunately, the West Hill Lift is not wheelchair accessible as there is no step-free access. There is limited access on the carriages for push chairs.

The East Hill Lift has ramp access.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Return£5.50 per ticket
Child, Student or Concession Return£4.00 per ticket
Family - up to 2 adults 3 Children£17.80 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 £4.50 per adult / £3.00 per child, student or concession. Minimum group size is 10 people.
Weekly and seasonal tickets are available. Weekly: £16.00 adult / £10.00 child, student, concession / £50.50 family. Season: £70.00 adult / £50.02 child.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Hollieeee
      Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 22nd October 2023
      Took my husband on these lifts while on holiday in Hastings as he did not know they existed. We had no idea that the West Hill lift was open as the east one wasn't! It was a lovely journey up and... Read full review
    • Stephanie S
      Ealing, United Kingdom
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th November 2023
      My absolute favourite thing to do in Hastings have been going for many years lovely cafe at the top and fantastic views over Hastings Read full review
    • Lawrence M
      My battle with Hastings Hill i Conquered 💯👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧😎
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 19th March 2024
      I remember when me and 2 friends were taken on a day trip to Hastings must have been 1971/72 it was a brilliant sunny afternoon we saw the railway up the hill and it was steep but me and my pals said... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    Open New Year

    * Closed Boxing Day.

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