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Opened in August 1881 Central Tramway is the oldest surviving tramway company in the country, as the corporation formed in 1881 still owns and operates the business today.

The third cliff railway to be opened in Scarborough (and the country) the company has invested heavily in recent years, improving both the infrastructure and machinery of this historic attraction. With historic ties to Scarborough, Central Tramway encourages pre-booked school visits, sharing with the local community the fascinating Victorian legacy of cliff railways in Scarborough and how the engineering has evolved over 140 years.

One of the busiest cliff railways in the country, during the busy peak summer months the tramway operates 7 days a week. During quieter off peak months (November – March) the tramway operates a weekend service (check the website for current times).



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Open now
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Queuing system
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed



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      Map & Directions

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      Central Tramway is located on the South Bay, between the Grand Hotel and the St Nicholas Gardens, the nearest car park is the South Bay underground car park, a short walk away from the Tramway. Accessible by Public Transport:

      Central Tramway top station is located on Marine Parade off St Nicholas Street. The nearest bus stop is Harcourt Place stop X on the 1, 4,  7, 7A, 8, 8A, and 9 bus routes. The bottom station is located on the South end of Foreshore Road close to the Aquarium Top stop Y.

      The Tramway is 0.4miles from Scarborough Railway Station.

      Central Tramway Company


      Upper Station, 1 Marine Parade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2ER

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      Opening Times

      Restricted opening November – March. (1 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)
      Monday - SundayOpen
      Open 7 days a week April – October. (1 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
      Monday - SundayOpen
      Open 7 days a week April – October. (1 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
      Monday - SundayOpen
      Bank HolidayOpen

      * Check website for current times.

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