A secret for you!
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 in Lynton in the afternoon or planning your visit earlier in the morning or towards the end of the day - but don't tell everyone!
There are public car parks and street parking in both Lynton and Lynmouth. Lynmouth has significantly less parking and gets busy in peak seasons. It's much better to park in Lynton and use us as the most beautiful park and ride option in the UK to reach the village of Lynmouth below. Lynton Car Parks are at Bottom Meadow, Cross Street and the Valley of the Rocks. Lynmouth Car Parks are at Upper & Lower Lyndale, The Esplanade and Watersmeet.
Tickets and Travel
The single tickets are purchased immediately prior to each trip and are not based upon timetables (single fares are currently only available to manage our passenger capacity during COVID-19). The Cliff Railway operates continuously and waiting times are therefore minimal. We only accept contactless or chip and pin card payments, we are not currently accepting cash. Children under 4 travel free.
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Dogs and 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 no charge) and they must be kept on a lead and ride inside the carriage at all times. Assistance Dogs travel for free. Water for dogs is provided in bowls at the site - woof woof! For more info about visiting with assistance dogs please visit our FULL ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE
Disability Access, Gradient and Slopes
Due to the restricted access and narrow Victorian carriages, wheelchairs will need to be folded. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate mobility scooters or larger wheelchairs. The carriages are 540mm wide at the narrowest point with three steps in each carriage and restricted seating at busy times. Due to social distancing requirements our drivers are currently unable to load or fold wheelchairs and you are required to manage members of your party that may require assistance. The access paths have a slight gradient but are manageable by most wheelchairs with assistance. There are no steps within the site other than stepping onto the Cliff Railway at the top station, there are however, three steps within the carriages themselves but with handrails. The Cliff Top Cafe has level access with no steps. Assistance Dogs are permitted to travel for free. Water for dogs is provided in bowls at the site - woof woof. For groups or customers with particular requirements, and for further specific access information, please either visit our FULL ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE or do please contact us prior to your visit.
Pushchairs and Cycles
Due to the narrow Victorian carriages we ask that pushchairs are folded. Folded pushchairs are free. If pushchairs are unfolded for travel on the railway then an additional charge is made for their transport. Pushchairs can be left and stored if required. Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions Cycles are not currently permitted.
Groups & Bubbles
Visiting groups from the same household can travel together. Gathering is as per the government guidance and we can accommodate groups of up to two households during travel (your support bubble counts as one household). We are currently accepting advanced bookings or ticket sales for travel tour groups. We will require pre-payment over the phone by card (preferred) or by bacs prior to your group tour visit. Your tour group may be required to split into smaller groups while on site depending on government guidance in place at the time of travel.
The Tourist Information Centre is situated in the Town Hall at Lynton. The National Parks Information Centre is situated in the Pavilion on the Esplanade at Lynmouth next to the Cliff Railway. Both towns have cafes, restaurants, pubs, accommodation, post offices, chemists, gift shops and convenience stores.
There is free and open access WiFi across the site, the Cliff Top Cafe and at the top and bottom stations. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your photos and experience with us.
Food and Drink
The Cliff Top Cafe is situated at the Cliff Railway top station in Lynton and offers a takeaway service. Amazing views with available outside seating, fresh food, cakes and hot drinks. Dogs are also welcome. The Cliff Top Cafe WC is currently closed to the public.
The Victorians didn't provide us with on site public toilets. The closest are situated in Bottom Meadow Car Park, by the Town Hall in Lynton, The Memorial Hall, Lyndale Car Park in Lynmouth & also opposite the cricket field at the Valley of Rocks. The Cliff Top Cafe WC is currently closed to the public.