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Cliff Lift - Spa

Cliff Lift - Spa


The Spa Cliff Lift opened on July 6th 1875 and was the first funicular railway in Great Britain.The lift was originally powered by sea-water using a counterweight system. Two gas engines (replaced by steam pumps in 1879) were installed to pump the sea water to the upper station to fill the top car. In 1947, the hydraulic system was replaced by electricity.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

All times during the winter are dependent on weather and demand. The lifts will run to coincide with shows at the Spa wherever possible. Please call Spa direct to confirm the lift is open as current dates are provisional. Normal running time 10.00 - 17.00.



Single = £0.80
Return = £1.20
Weekly = £8.00


Single = £0.40
Return = £0.60
Weekly = £4.00

Season pass £100.00 which runs from April - April (opening hrs are reduced Nov - Mar and should be checked before making any journey)s).

Season Pass available from lower station.

(2013 prices)


Scarborough Spa

01723 376774


North Yorkshire,
YO11 2AW



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Map reference: TA 043875  Lat: 54.27252 Long: -0.39983

By road:
Follow signs into Scarborough Railway Station. Turn right at the traffic lights by the station and cross over Valley Bridge. Take your 1st left after the bridge onto Ramshill Rd, then an immediate sharp right crossing over a lane onto Belmont Rd. Follow the Rd and the cliff lift is on your left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Scarborough station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted