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“Simply Elevating”

Saltburn Cliff Lift
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“Simply Elevating”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

You can't get much for 50p these days but you can take a flight on the Saltburn Funicular for exactly that amount, and thank the city fathers of this small resort for ensuring it continues to run.

The lift dates back to or close to good Queen Vic. and is powered by water, 1,000 gallons of it, it is said. The weight of this causes the higher car to descend which lifts the lower one - the process and the noise it makes as the tank fills are both audible and visible. As fascinating are the cars with their stained glass windows.

The lift compliments both the pier and the town, both of which reflect an age of elegance and, by today's standards, simplicity. Don't look for arcades, funfairs and the like because from what we saw they are not there.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Stafford, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
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“Delightful experience”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

This is so lovely ! For adults or children, it is a fantastic experience. Easy to get on, even with a buggy, comfortable solid little seats, fantastic views of the pier and the beech. Saltburn is magical to me, beautiful old fashioned Victorian seaside place,,,don't miss this attraction.

Visited July 2013
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90 reviews
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“Excellent”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

What a treat! We decided to take the cliff lift rather than walk the million steps because 1.we were a tad tiddly after downing a few pints in the Ship and 2. I wanted to experience it. It's an Art Deco treat! Beautiful stained glass, wooden interior in a style of bygone days. A modern equivalent would never be so beautifully finished. The staff are lovely too and clearly enjoy working there. Recommended, in fact, it would be a real shame to miss it!

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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“Victorian Hydraulic Engineering”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Love it.

Victorian funicular lift operated by water pumped into the top tank. The view is stunning as you gently ascend.

Staff are always friendly and dogs are allowed. Well worth a pound not to have to climb the steps!

Visited April 2014
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Victorian magic”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

This is a living museum piece that is in its 130 year of operation, it has little changed.
Sir Richard Tangye's company, who had built the two earlier vertically inclined water powered funicular railways in Scarborough, to build a replacement to the earlier cliff host. Tangye had appointed George Croydon Marks head of the lift department, in which role he was in charge of the design and installation at Saltburn. Marks designed and constructed a funicular with a height of 120 feet (37 m) and a track length of 207 feet (63 m), creating a 71% incline.

Operational theory
The two 12-person cars are each fitted with a 350-imperial-gallon (1,600 L) water tank, and run on parallel standard gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) funicular railway tracks. Double steel wire ropes are attached to both cars, controlled by a brakeman in the upper station. The car at the top has its water tank filled until its mass exceeds the mass of the car at the bottom. It then travels down the incline, counterbalanced by the mass of the other car, which travels to the top, with the brakeman controlling safety and the speed of travel. When the car reaches the bottom, its water is released thus reducing the mass of the lower car, and pumped back up to the top of the cliff for re-use.
the staff are friendly & very informative, with fares of £1 & 50p for kids/oaps it is great value, which is a lot cheaper than parking on the foreshore as there are no charges in the town.

this is a delight for young and old alike & a ride is not to be mist if you visit saltburn

Visited April 2014
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