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 tickets are purchased immediately prior to your trip and are not based upon timetables. Cash, card and contactless payments are accepted. Children under 4 years travel free. There is a small charge for children aged 4-13 years and a small charge for larger dogs and baggage
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Dogs and Guide 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. Guide Dogs travel for free. Water for dogs is provided in bowls at the site and we have complimentary dog biscuits too - woof woof!
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. Our drivers will offer reasonable assistance but are not permitted to lift customers, scooters or wheelchairs. We can accommodate a return journey on the open platform for wheelchair users. This is only available from the bottom Lynmouth station (where level access into the carriage is available) then riding up on the front platform to the top, staying on the lift and returning back to Lynmouth where you would disembark. 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. For groups or customers with particular requirements, and for further specific access information 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. Cycles are permitted but we do make a charge for their transport.
We can accomodate advanced bookings and ticket sales for groups, visiting schools and coach parties. Please contact us for information. Group bookings are still subject to queueing.
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. Amazing views, inside and outside seating, fresh food, cakes and hot drinks. Dogs are also welcome. The Cliff Top Cafe does have a WC for cafe customers.
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 does have a WC for cafe customers.