Photo: Gavin Lynn

Why would you travel between the beach promenade and Saltburn any other way? With its first opening on 1884, Saltburn Inclined Tramway is the oldest surviving water-balanced cliff lift in Britain. It transports locals and tourists daily, acting as a living time capsule for thousands of visitors. It is an important window into the town’s past.

With a height of 120ft, the Victorian tram composed of two, ten-person cars that are controlled via a water balance system, using the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalancing each other. The original design on the tramway was so effective that other than maintenance and refurbishment, little has changed since its construction in 1884.

Saltburn itself is also steeped in intriguing history and has retained many parts of its original charm as a Victorian seaside resort. Stroll along the Victorian Pier; take a detour through the Italian Gardens to Riftswood or refresh yourself at The Shipp Inn which remains shrouded in smuggling folklore.

With plenty of shops, businesses, hotels, pubs and restaurants in the area, as well as seasonal events, you will have a hard time dividing your day up in Saltburn, and an even harder time leaving the quaint seaside town.


Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Tees Valley, TS12 1DP
Tel: +44 01287 622528
Times: See attraction for specific details.