Welcome to the Central Tramway Company Scarborough - OFFICIAL WEBSITE


Opening times: 10th July - 9th September 9.30am - 9.45pm.

Price - 90p each way.
Wheelchair/mobility scooter accessible.
Dogs welcome [to be kept under control and on the lead].

The Central Tramway is proud to participate in the national Heritage Open Day event in 2017

Members of the public will be able to see the Victorian machine room and inner workings of the funicular railway, free of charge. Anyone wishing to participate must register at info@centraltramway.co.uk.
The trips will start at 10 am, and 11 am on the 8 & 9 of September 2017.
Each tour will accommodate 12 guests.


Established in 1881, the Central Tramway is the oldest surviving tramway company in the country, and is proud to be the recipient of The Scarborough Civic Society's 50th Heritage Trail Plaque. The plaque was unveiled on the 13th of July 2012 by the Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor Helen Mallory.

The Central Tramway Company is still owned and operated by the same corporate entity that established the Tramway in 1881. The company is proud to have retained its rich legacy and to be still fulfilling its primary function of carrying the Scarborough public and visiting holiday makers between the town centre and the beach. This is in no small part due to the splendid Victorian engineering, much of which remains intact today. We celebrate that past and are striving to ensure its survival for many years to come.

Scarborough is well known for being the first seaside resort in the UK, and since The Central Tramway Company's establishment in 1881, it has been proud to be part of the town's Victorian heritage.

The Tramway runs between the town centre on Marine Parade (at the North side of The Grand Hotel) and the beach at Foreshore Road on the South Bay.

Central Tramway is normally open for 9 months of the year from mid-February until the end of October. The 3 months shut-down period allows us to maintain the facility to the highest safety standards set out by HM Inspectorate of Mines, a division of the Health and Safety Executive.


The safe passage of our customers has always been the first priority of the Company. To facilitate the maintenance, the Tramway closes for approximately three and a half months (November through to mid February) every year to allow a top to bottom overhaul of all the equipment. No stone is left unturned in order to satisfy ourselves that the Tramway is safe for the coming season. In order to ensure that adequate resources are devoted to this task, the company employs its own dedicated and experienced maintenance staff.