Built in 1881, the Central Tramway Company Scarborough Limited is a Victorian cliff railway on the Yorkshire coast.
One of the oldest cliff railways still running in the UK, the Central Tramway has the distinction of being the oldest Tramway Company in the country as the original corporation still operates the business today.
In 2012 the company was presented with a Scarborough Civic Society Heritage Trail Blue Plaque marking this achievement, presented by Scarborough Mayor Helen Mallory.
As one of the UK's busiest cliff railways, the first priority of the company is the safety of our passengers and employees. This means we have to abide to strict health and safety codes and maintain a rigorous maintenance schedule throughout the year, including during our winter shutdown period when we carry out larger engineering jobs.
The Central Tramway Company has been serving locals and visitors to Scarborough for over 138 years. We offer a friendly, regular, reliable service throughout the year, whether you've had a busy day on the beach with all the family, or just prefer to give your feet a rest after a sight-seeing walk along the sea-front we're here to keep you moving.
Built in 1881, just 14 years after the completion of the Grand Hotel (in 1867), the Central Tramway cliff railway has a rich history closely linked to the town. We are proud to maintain and celebrate this history with regular talks, tours, school visits and open days. Learn more on our history and education pages.
In the heart of Scarborough's picturesque South Bay the Central Tramway Company cliff railway is conveniently located between the St Nicholas Gardens and the Grand Hotel.
The service runs between the Foreshore Road and St Nicholas Street, ideal for visiting all the fun and amenities of the beach front and for quickly getting into town. We're just a stones-throw from the Town Hall and the shops on Eastborough.
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Length of track (in feet)
1 in 2.4
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