The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Open daily 11am - 4pm no booking required
The multi-award winning and famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway opened in 1890 and is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world! This historic funicular Cliff Railway is a silver award winner in Devon's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2020, holds the Green Tourism 'Gold' award for sustainable tourism & several heritage and transport awards. The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit. This working heritage railway is grade II listed, the UK's only fully water powered railway and one of just three examples left in the World!
Voted the 'UK's BEST Cliff Railway' and one of the BEST historic attractions in the UK (Which? Reader Poll 2020)
Perched on the cliff top, and at 500ft above the lower station, is our grade II listed Cliff Top Cafe offering perhaps the best location for a Cream Tea in the Westcountry. With amazing views and great food, it's just what you need before discovering what other secrets Lynton and Lynmouth has to offer.
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Ride the world's highest and steepest
completely water powered railway
There are public car parks and some street parking in both Lynton and Lynmouth although Lynmouth has significantly less available parking and gets busy during peak seasons. Much better to park in Lynton and use us as the most beautiful park and ride option in the UK to the village of Lynmouth below. Where else in the country can you arrive in that much style?
EX35 6AR (Lynton) Bottom Meadow Car Park
EX35 6HG (Lynton) Cross Street Car Park
EX35 6JH (Lynton) Valley of the Rocks Car Park
EX35 6EP (Lynmouth) Lyndale Car Park
EX35 6EQ (Lynmouth) The Esplanade Car Park
EX35 6EH (Lynmouth) Watersmeet Car Park
Tickets & Travel - Under 4's travel free
Tickets are purchased either on the way in before travel at the Lynmouth Station or if travelling from Lynton your ticket will be purchased before you exit at the bottom station. Prices are advertised at the Top and Bottom station and within our fares page.
Children aged 3 and under travel free. Children’s fare for 4-13 years.
Upgrade your return ticket to Gold* for all day unlimited travel or ask about our Weekly unlimited money saving pass if you are staying in the area and want unlimited access. *Conditions apply.
The secret to avoiding queues - Sssshhh!
The Cliff Railway can be accessed at either the top station in Lynton or the bottom station in Lynmouth. At busy times the bottom station is very popular and queues can occur at peak times. To reduce waiting and avoid queues we recommend access via the top station at Lynton in the afternoon or plan your visit earlier in the morning or towards the end of the day - but don't tell everyone!
Gradient, Steps & Access Guide
The access paths have a slight gradient but are manageable by most wheelchairs with assistance. The Cliff Top Cafe has level access with no steps and can accommodate wheelchairs.
There is a small step onto the Cliff Railway at the top station, and three small steps within each carriage with handrail. Due to the nature of the railway and its Victorian carriages most standard wheelchairs will not pass through the carriages unfolded, the carriages are 540mm wide at the narrowest point and there is restricted seating at busy times. Passengers will need to transfer from and fold their wheelchairs for travel and are personally responsible for loading and unloading wheelchairs from the carriages. Please be respectful of our drivers, they will offer reasonable assistance, but they are not permitted to lift heavy wheelchairs, people or scooters to help facilitate access.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate mobility scooters or larger wheelchairs.
For wheelchair users that are unable to transfer to a seat then we can accommodate a return journey on the open platform. This is only available from the bottom Lynmouth station (where level access into the carriage is available) and can be facilitated by riding up on the front platform to the top, staying on the lift and returning back to Lynmouth where you would disembark.
Dogs & Assistance Dogs
Dogs are always welcome to take their owners for a ride on the Cliff Railway. We do take a small charge for doggy travel (lap dogs occur no charge) and they must be kept on a lead and ride inside the carriage at all times. Assistance Dogs are permitted to travel for free. Water for dogs is provided in bowls at the site and we have complimentary dog biscuits too - woof woof.
Dog Waste Bins are located nearby in Lynton at the Town Hall and the Valley of the Rocks and in Lynmouth on the Manor, at Rock House and Blacklands Beach.
The Victorians didn't provide us with on site Public toilets. The closest are situated in Bottom Meadow Car Park and by the Town Hall in Lynton and The Memorial Hall and Lyndale Car Park in Lynmouth and also opposite the cricket field at the Valley of Rocks. The Cliff Top Cafe does have a WC for Cafe customers.