Heritage Open Days at Central Tramway

Take a unique visit behind the scenes of our historic funicular this September for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Visitors are offered a unique opportunity to have a guided tour of the Victorian engine room an area usually closed to the public. You will discover the main drive pulley, motor, gear box, disc brake and other vital components that work to carry almost half a million visitors every year. 

Originally built in 1881, Central Tramway has worked hard in recent years to restore and renovate much of the equipment to its former glory and has improved the safety of the lift with the addition of new technology and braking systems that can be seen on the tour.

At the end of the tour there will be an opportunity to ask questions and take a free return ride.

Tour Times:
  • Friday 7 September: 1000 to 1030 and 1100 to 1130 
  • Sunday 9 September: 1000 to 1030 and 1100 to 1130 
  • Friday 14 September: 1000 to 1030 and 1100 to 1130 
  • Saturday 15 September: 1000 to 1030 and 1100 to 1130 

Booking details:
Pre-booking: Required

Booking Contact: Amy Bartle
Email: centraltramwaycompany@gmail.com

The Machine Room is only accessible via rather steep steps. We do not have access for wheel chairs. The Machine Room is a fully functioning engineering workshop, so visitors need to follow the health and safety instructions given by our guides.

Additional Information
Max 12 people per tour/session. 30 minutes

Our Bottom Station is located on Foreshore Road, on Scarborough South Bay. Our Top Station is located between the Town Hall, the Grand Hotel and the Royal Hotel. HOD visitors are to meet at the top station located between the town hall and the Grand Hotel, opposite the Royal Hotel on St Nicholas Street.

Below is information on other events around Scarborough for Heritage Open Days - discover more on the HOD website.