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Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The Esplanade, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EQ, England
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Fascinating to watch this unusual way to travel, as we had our three dogs with us and there was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
bloodrunner
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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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This railway has a practical use - getting you between Lynton and Lynmouth without the steep climb... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Freddyminster
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Witham, United Kingdom
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Devon's famous Lynton & Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway is the most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns & will be the highlight of any visit. Enjoy stunning views of the North Devon Coastline as you ride the steepest totally water powered railway in the world or relax in our Cliff Top Cafe with a traditional Devon Cream Tea. This historic Victorian railway opened in 1890. The 862 feet of track rises 500 feet with an impressive gradient of 57% providing stunning views across Lynmouth Bay. The railway is a fully working listed heritage monument is the UK's only fully water powered railway and one of only three examples left in the world.
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The Esplanade, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EQ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Fascinating to watch this unusual way to travel, as we had our three dogs with us and there was large crowd waiting to board we decided to just watch. Wow.!

Thank bloodrunner
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This railway has a practical use - getting you between Lynton and Lynmouth without the steep climb - and is fascinating as it is very old, still working, and uses water as its mechanism. For the practical use as a lift it is very expensive,...More

Thank Freddyminster
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is great fun and well worth the money service with a smile very well run and clean all staff look so happy. You don't have to wait long no queues. Well done enjoyed every minute

Thank Christopher E
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not all the crew members have fun at their work, but the elevator itself is very nice and a comfortable way to travel upstairs :).

Thank Gerrit v
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Lynton/Lynmouth with the family for a day on a busy weekend. The victorian look of the cart made the experience very magical which allowed the views to breathtaking and they were in even better when standing at the front. The prices for a...More

Thank Filip B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an unexpectedly wonderful experience. Try to be in the space at the front as you go down from Lynton so you get an uninterrupted view - it's worth waiting for the next trip if you find yourself at the back of the queue....More

Thank PJSmallwood
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Cliff Railway L, Manager at Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - we are oddly thrilled by it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The steep nature of the landscape around Lynton and Lynmouth provides much of its charm but it's also easy to understand why this railway was implemented. Still functioning perfectly,this water-powered marvel gives you a taste of the past but also,on a practical level,can save a...More

Thank BartDevon
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Cliff Railway L, Manager at Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Ha Ha - yes, who would walk up that hill!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Lynton/Lynmouth then buy a return ticket for a trip down and up the cliff railway powered by water and gravity. It is an example of some of the finest Victorian ingenuity you will find. A spectacular experience for any age of traveller.

Thank John W
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Cliff Railway L, Manager at Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review of the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cliff Railway is great. With so much debate about the environmental effect of our transport these days, it is sobering to think that this has been solely water-powered ever since its inception in the 1880s. This is a must for anyone with an interest...More

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Cliff Railway L, Manager at Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review - yes, completely 100% environmental green since 1888 .. all water powered, no re-pumping, no additional fuel, just river water, borrowed, and released completely unchanged.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful little railway, views are stunning. Lovely little cafe up the top, although I wasn’t impressed with the ploughman’s, the cream tea was amazing! Well worth a visit.

Thank jennysmith1982
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Cliff Railway L, Manager at Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review - we agree, amazing views!

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suzisueNorthWales
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Response from LMDS4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs are allowed!
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susanwilson1952
November 14, 2016|
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Response from Kc2610 | Reviewed this property |
Or even a child
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susanwilson1952
November 14, 2016|
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Response from Braukmann | Reviewed this property |
There is coach parking in Lynton and Lynmouth but there is a short walk. The operators will advise you of any rates. for 100 would probably take 5 - 6 journeys due to the lift size.
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