Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway News

Which? Reader Poll awards Lynton & Lynmouth the UK’s BEST Cliff Railway

Which? readers have rated 50 of the most-visited historic attractions in the UK. More than 5,000 people took part in the survey, giving UK attractions an overall customer score, as well as ratings in eight categories, including accessibility, engagement, information provided, food and drink, and value for money. The results conclude that the top attractions are those that bring history to life, giving unfettered access to the lives of former residents with immersive and interactive exhibitions. Visitors gave Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Cliff Railway in Devon a customer score of 83% and rated them the UK’s BEST cliff railway, with […]

130yr Old Top Wheel System Replaced

On the 13th January 2020 a new top wheel encasement system slotted into place at the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. The new 3 tonne installation retains the historic original wheel but upgrades the Victorian base plate that has been at the Cliff Railway since its opening in 1888.  The original system received routine maintenance and inspection, including ultrasound testing, x-ray assessment and grease analysis. Whilst no safety concern was raised, the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway considered that the safety of the original Victorian design could be improved and facilitate easier maintenance. The new design enables a self-greasing mechanism, […]

Cliff Railway inspires model student

Following a recent visit to Lynton and Lynmouth, Year 6 student, Louis, from St Michaels Prep School in Kent was inspired to make a fully working scale model of the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. The St Michael’s Homework Challenge had asked the children to choose a British inventor or invention and create something to show what they had achieved and how. Following his families recent half-term visit to Lynton and Lynmouth, where they had all travelled on the water powered Cliff Railway, Louis chose the “Victorious Victorians” as his homework challenge and set about building his very own working […]

Cliff Railway Day II – Party like it’s 1888

The sun shone down all day on the annual Cliff Railway Day Victorian & Steampunk Celebration at Lynton and Lynmouth, and the crowds were out in force to help celebrate and party like it was 1888.   The unique Cliff Railway, the  highest and steepest fully water powered Cliff Railway in the world, has been carrying locals and visitors between the two towns for almost one hundred and thirty years, since the reign of Queen Victoria. And a right royal time was had by all, as Queen Victoria and other members of her family attended and greeted visitors within the town […]