Saltburn's iconic Cliff Tramway was named TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award winner last week.

The popular tourist attraction, which has stood aloft Saltburn’s cliffs for over a century, received glowing recognition by the online review and booking website, placing it in the top 10% of listings.

The Cliff Tramway features stunning views from the top of Saltburn cliffs to the bottom of the seafront, encapsulating the beauty of the East Cleveland seaside town in one trip.

It has long held its place among Saltburn’s magnificent landscape, first opening in June 1884 where it held 12 passengers and featured eye-catching stained glass windows – the likes of which can be seen today. It is the oldest water balanced funicular in the United Kingdom and the second oldest in the world. 

However, its operation has been inconsistent since its inauguration, often closing for development work to maintain modern safety standards. In March 2020, it was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and remained so until reopening to the public in June 2022.

TripAdvisors who have boarded the iconic landmark, though, have shared their appreciation for the Cliff Tramway, garnering 773 reviews equating to a score of four and a half stars out of five.

One reviewer said: “A must for anyone visiting Saltburn. Not only is it a brilliant way to get to and from the beach for anyone unable or unwilling to navigate the steep path, it gives you a sense of heritage, amazing views and an experience you can only get in a handful of places across the UK.

“The staff were fantastic with our kids, giving us two receipts so they both had one to hold, and explaining to my 6 year old how the tramway works, which he retold to us with pride.”

Another said: “What a gem of a place Saltburn is, very quaint and fabulous beach. We loved the tramway, would recommend for everyone to give it a try. The staff were very friendly and took the time to share with us their knowledge of the tramway and the history.”

Carrie Richardson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Culture, Cllr, said: “We are thrilled to receive the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our team to provide an exceptional experience for our visitors. We take immense pride in our heritage and continue to strive for excellence in every aspect of our operation.”

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