Hotspot: Saltburn – Where to Have Fun

Tuesday 19th April, 2022 by White Digital

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a delightful coastal town in Yorkshire, with plenty of Victorian charm and offering an authentic seaside experience. 

The town was developed off the back of the Industrial Revolution and still maintains some of its industrial heritage. 

It has been awarded the VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque and its beach has won the Blue Flag award for cleanliness, beachside amenities and high-quality seawater several times.

It’s an ideal place for a staycation, so read on below to find out our best picks for visitor attractions in Saltburn.

Saltburn Cliff Tramway

Take a ride on the Saltburn Cliff Tramway, the oldest water balanced cliff funicular still in operation in Great Britain. The tramway opened in 1884, replacing the original vertical hoist and linking the town of Saltburn to the beach and pier. 

The 120ft long and 71 per cent incline lift operates with the use of water tanks, with one balancing out the other to gently ascend and descend. 

The cars themselves were rebuilt to the original Victorian design in 2011 as part of Saltburn’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and have many design features such as beautiful stained glass windows. The whole family will enjoy taking in the scenic views down to the beach and the thrill of riding the steep incline as they would have done in the Victorian age.

The Saltburn Cliff Tramway is reopening in 2022 after extensive renovations

Saltburn Miniature Railway

The 15inch gauge miniature railway is listed as one of the country’s most famous railways.

Linking the beach carpark at Cat Nab to the Italian Gardens at Forest Halt and taking in the picturesque scenery along the Valley Gardens, the railway has been in operation since 1947 and is entirely manned by volunteers.  

The railway will open for Easter Weekend and each subsequent weekend from 11am – 4pm, weather permitted.

Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre

Take a walk through history at the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre. Located in the small, idyllic fishing village of Staithes, just ten miles down the coast from Saltburn, and telling the stories of the inhabitants of the village. The centre contains thousands of photos, memorabilia and artefacts devoted to years gone by.

Focusing on the rich social and family history of Staithes, visitors are invited to experience life as it was. From fishing to alum quarries to lifeboat stories, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Learn about Captain James Cook’s swashbuckling adventures as an apprentice in the village and later, his renowned travels as an explorer and Captain of the Royal Navy. He began his maritime career in Staithes, and the museum houses a huge collection of exhibits from his lifetime.

There is also a lovely artisan gift shop with a wide range of locally handmade gifts, including paintings, textiles, glass, driftwood and honey.


Saltburn beach

There’s plenty to do at the beach at Saltburn, from exploring rock pools to surfing the waves, you will be sure to find something for all the family. 

Enjoy an ice cream as you take a walk along the pier and gaze out to the North Sea, or for the more adventurous spirit, there are a number of water sports to get involved in. 

The beach is home to one of the best surf spots along this stretch of the North Sea Coast, as it is situated directly North and picks up more swell than neighbouring spots. There are several surf schools located in the town, teaching everyone from beginners to more advanced surfers. So go on, hire a surfboard and ride the waves!

If you don’t fancy surfing, there is kayaking, jet-skiing and windsurfing, and it’s also a popular swimming location for temperature-hardy souls!


Lockwood Beck

If a quiet day fishing is more your scene, the tranquil Lockwood Beck should be on your list.

A stunning location for the avid coarse fisher, there are ample stocks of perch and roach in the 60 acres of clear water. With plenty of fishing opportunities along the one and a quarter miles of bank space, you will be sure to find a nice spot.

Permits for the fishery can be purchased a short 10-minute drive away at Scaling Dam Reservoir Visitor Centre, near Whitby.

Saltburn Minigolf

Right on the seafront and providing fun for all the family is minigolf. Take in the views while you pitch yourself against the course until the sun goes down over the pier. You might even spot a celebrity or two – we hear Tom Hardy is a regular! 

The Play Factory

On a wet day, there is no better place to entertain the children than a visit to The Play Factory. Just a short drive away, it boasts a large indoor play centre with hours of entertainment promised. There are Go Carts, twin astro slides, a 45-degree super slide, ball cannons, a sports court, a large playframe and a bungee reactor tower.

What’s more, you can also get good quality food and beverages – so the adults can enjoy a coffee whilst the kids let off some steam!

If Saltburn-by-the-Sea sounds like your cup of tea, head on over to our website to find a fantastic selection of holiday homes in North Yorkshire by the coast.

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