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West Cliff Funicular Railway

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It was great to be able to travel on this great funicular railway. Use it or lose it . It's a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Ideal to get up the steep cliff climb to Westcliff Gardens and Highcliff hotel etc and what views... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patrick T
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible7%
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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105 St. Michaels Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DU, England
+44 1202 451781
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 May 2017

He said refreshments would be served and welcomed everyone aboard. What a wonderful host on this delightful attraction. The East Cliff funicular awaits repair after the landslip and I'll post a pic of the repair work there too.

3  Thank pjl29
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 May 2018

This has been out of action for some time & no signs of when it will be re introduced a shame because its quite a steep slope/steps to the beach

1  Thank Irene P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to be able to travel on this great funicular railway. Use it or lose it . It's a fantastic piece of history. Well done.

Thank lynjoKent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ideal to get up the steep cliff climb to Westcliff Gardens and Highcliff hotel etc and what views from it as u ascend! £1.50 per adult

Thank Patrick T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a trip on the railway, something I remember from when I was a kid, it was a real blast from the past and took me right back. great way to relive your youth!!!

Thank lyzzydee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely way to get to the top of the West Cliff at Bournemouth especially at the end of the day. It is certainly a lot easier than the Zig-Zag path. The cost is £1.50, which is reasonable. It's an interesting experience.

Thank KenMaideheadUK
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Very useful Funicular on Bournemouth beach. We stayed at the Marriott Highcliff hotel which was just at the top! Pleasant staff to show you in and out of the lifts.

Thank Hatchard_11
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We paid £1.50 each to go up in the lift for old times sake - I went on it 25 years ago as a child. For me it was a minute of fun but I can see the benefits for people who have difficulty with...More

Thank HMC1981
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I used it regularly , it allowed me good access to the beach, not expensive. As a result of a landslip it has been removed, to be replaced in the near future. As a result it's now a mile plus drive to access the beach.

Thank Dave T
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Now a year or two since it stopped working. The alterative is a very LONG and VERY STEEP WALK up a zig zag narrow path to gain access to the road above. Be aware it is steep.

Thank UK J
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Really nice view of the beach nice to see this old lift still in use. For the £1.50 a go a must to do saves the walk up the hill.

Thank Mark T
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

We took the cliff lift down to the beach and back up again. We love the beach and the sea but were certainly glad of this lift as it would have been difficult for my partner to climb up and down steps. I also have...More

Thank RebeccaL3393
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Im afraid I cant answer this one as it was shut down when we went - I suggest you contact them direct - sorry
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