Cliff Railways - West Hill



West Hill, George Street, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture of the Victorian coaches still used today on West Hill Cliff Railway, Hastings


West Hill Cliff Railway

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. 

Visit Hastings Castle by taking a trip on the West Hill Cliff Railway and parking in one of the seafront car parks.  The railway travels at a gradient of 33%, construction of the line began back in 1889, finally opening in 1891.

The East and West Hill Cliff Railways have 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.

Please note that there is limited access on the West Hill carriages for large prams and push chairs. 

Book Tickets

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.


Map & Directions


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Opening Times

Open New Year

* Closed Boxing Day.

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