An Insider’s Guide to Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Friday 2nd August, 2019 by Host & Stay

The Beach

Saltburn boasts a beautiful beach with long sandy shores. The promenade is overlooked by colourful boutique beach huts and the high cliffs tower above in the distance. We promise we’re not biased – our lovely beach was voted in the top 30 British beaches this month by The Sunday Times.

The Pier

The Victorian cast-iron pier is the last of its kind in the North East and stretches 208 metres out into the sea. The pier is a strong reminder of the Victorian efforts throughout 1800s and is a shining achievement of the engineers and entrepreneurs of that time. Since it opened in 1869, it has weathered many storms and catastrophes.

The pier has been restored and refurbished since 1999. Today, it is adorned by gorgeous knitted artwork by Saltburn’s infamous yarn-bombers. The themed knitted figures and landscapes decorate the pier fences and draw a lot of attention from both locals and tourists.

The Cliff Lift

Saltburn has the oldest functioning cliff lift in the UK! The Grade II listed funicular tramway opened in 1884 after a year of construction. It uses water to transport passengers up and down the steep north-facing cliff between the town and the pier.

Today, the cliff lift welcomes more than 150,000 people every year! If you get the chance, we definitely recommend taking the leisurely journey down the cliff to the seafront below.

Surfs Up

Saltburn is one of the originals among the surf scene in the North East. With the fully accredited Saltburn Surf School along the seafront, it is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned pros. The Surf School provides everything you could need – from coaching to board and suit hire. Good beginner waves can be found either side of the pier and professional surfers can enjoy 10ft waves on some days!

Fish & Chips

You can’t visit North Yorkshire without trying some local fish and chips! The lovely Seaview Restaurant is aptly named as it sits just metres away from the beach and boasts incredible views of the coastline below. At Seaview Restaurant, you can try the freshest seafood which lands from the surrounding waters daily. If it’s a beautiful day, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the breathtaking views of Huntcliff in the distance.

What’s more – Seaview Restaurant work with local boats that are certified by the Responsible Fishing Scheme so low impact fishing methods are used to preserve our marine environment.


If you fancy a few drinks in Saltburn, we’d recommend heading to The Guns Bar, Saltburn. The quirky bar offers local craft ale, world beers and over 40 different gins, which they pair with perfect tonics and botanicals for a full gin experience! There is a rustic and cosy vibe throughout The Guns Bar so you’ll certainly feel at home straight away.

Another great spot is The Sitting Room. The eclectic and vintage style tea shop doubles up as an authentic tea house during the day serving real-leaf teas and home-made cake, then transforms into a quirky bar by night. Enjoy cocktails, craft beers and wine within the relaxed and friendly environment.

You could also head to Signals, Saltburn which is a lovely, dog-friendly bistro open 7 days a week. As night descends over the weekends, Signals transforms into a cool bar offering cocktails, craft beers, DJs, open mic nights and comedy clubs. You’ll find a really good vibe here and we’re sure you’ll enjoy yourself!


Recently opened in Saltburn, No. Twenty Three serves Neapolitan style pizzas, craft beers and an incredible gin selection! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or you want to make a night of it, this neighbourhood restaurant and bar is the ideal spot.

Enjoy tasty Thai dishes at the stylish Coco & Rum restaurant. Visit here and you can expect a warm welcome and delicious food. They also do take out if you fancy eating in the comfort of your holiday home and it’s usually 20% off too!

If you’re exploring Saltburn and you fancy a bite to eat on the go, head to Stonehouse Bakery where you can get your hands on home-made breads, scones and cakes. They also do fresh sandwiches along with paninis and jacket potatoes. Delicious!

Want to know more of our recommendations? Read our blog post on where to eat and drink in Saltburn.

The Farmers Market

At Saltburn Farmers Market, you’ll find around 35 stalls brimming with the best local food, drinks and artwork. Chat to the lovely stallholders and try the tastiest local produce. The market runs every second Saturday of the month, excluding August, so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

The Walks

Get lost in the beautiful Valley Gardens where you’ll discover a maze of paths and tracks throughout the flowers and woodland. There’s a 2-mile route you can follow, or you can take your own route and enjoy exploring yourself.

The Cleveland Way National Trail is over 100 miles long and our lovely Saltburn is featured. If you fancy a 17.5 mile jaunt, start at Saltburn and walk your way to Sandsend. This walk is a great way to explore the North Yorkshire coastline and believe us – the views are beautiful! It’s easy to understand why most of it falls within the National Park and Heritage Coast.


So, there you have it – our guide to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Now you know all about our town, you need to find your perfect holiday home! Check out our luxury Saltburn properties.

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