Cliff lift marks national cliff railway day

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The cliff lift by the Grand Hotel in Scarborough will celebrate national cliff railway day on 11 May.

Central Tramway Company staff will wear Victorian costumes and offer treats to children, from 9.30am to 4.45pm.

Two time-travelling talks will begin at the upper station at 10am and 2pm and end at the Seastrand café, formerly the bottom station of the St Nicholas cliff lift. 

Taking visitors on a journey back in time to the south bay in 1881, the talks will explain why funiculars were built at this pivotal point in British seaside history.

Visitors in Victorian costume will be able to travel for free.

The tram company has linked up with Scarborough Museums Trust, which is hosting music, talks and activities at Woodend from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm. Children will be able to build a model and draw trams.

Operations manager Andrew Martin explained: “Cliff railway day is a celebration of the fantastic Victorian engineering that has lasted over a century here in Scarborough. We are proud of our connections to other cliff railways around the country and wanted to join with them for a day to recognise this achievement”.

* Places for the talks are free but limited and must be booked by emailing