West Cliff Funicular Railway – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)


The West Cliff Railway is a funicular railway that can be found in Bournemouth.

The line connects the beach and promenade along the coast to the cliff top and the town that lies in the distance.

The Bournemouth Corporation launched it in 1908, just four months after the nearby East Cliff Railway did the same thing.

It was electrically operated from the beginning, just like the East Cliff Railway.

The winding gear was located at the upper station, and it was driven by a winding motor that had 19 kW of power (25 horsepower).

A driver was stationed at each end of the line to control it. This driver would stop and start the cars depending on the situation.

Today it’s still a great way to access the beach from the cliffs and one of our favorite things to do in Bournemouth.

How to get to the West Cliff Funicular Railway

To get to the railway by bus, you can get off at Bournemouth Pier, Savoy Hotel or Bournemouth Square and walk 5 minutes to the West Cliff Funicular Railway.

For those looking to take the train, the closest station is Bournemouth Station which is a 25 minute walk from the railway.

West Cliff Funicular Railway Photos

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Can you take a pushchair on the railway?

Yes you can take on pushchairs, mobility scooters and more without collapsing them down.

How does the cliff railway work?

The train uses two cars, one at the top and bottom, which dock at each station. Brakes on the rails keep the cars from moving. When it’s time to leave, drivers release the brakes and lower car #2 discharges water until it becomes lighter than car #1.

How much does it cost to ride the West Cliff Funicular Railway?

An adult single ticket costs £1.85, child tickets cost £1.30 and a family ticket is £5.95 for 2 adults and 3 children.


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