Torquay
Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Babbacombe Downs Road
Devon TQ1 3LF   
 
 
 
There are only 16 cliff railways left operating in Britain and Babbacombe is one of them.  A cliff railway is a cable railway in which a cable is attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails laid down a steep slope, the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other.
 
The Babbacombe Cliff Railway descends a 250 foot (76.2 mtres) cliff to Oddicombe Beach.  Each car holds 40 standing passengers and the lift descends at 2.5 metres a second.
 
Babbacombe beach to the south is accessed by a walkway along the beach from the lower station. This is a delightful small beach set beneath the cliffs at Babbacombe Downs. For more information, please refer to the official Torbay Council  Web: Babbacombe Beach    External Link
 
Descending from Babbacombe Downs, the Cliff Railway has been operating since 1926.  It is run by Torbay Council and subject to daily mechanical inspections to ensure safety. The Cliff Railway is a great way to access the beaches if you don’t want to walk down the steep beach road (1:3 gradient) or use the woodland paths.
 
Oddicombe Beach is shingle and rock and bottlenose dolphins can often be seen. Facilities include toilets, a café and beach huts for hire.
 
Babbacombe beach is sand and very popular especially with SCUBA divers.  It has toilets and a café.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia here:    External Link
 
Opening Dates
The railway re-opens for business at Easter and remains operational throughout the summer until 30 September. As Easter is a moveable Christian feast it is not possible to give actual dates.  Whitsun is the seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday. Please refer to the Torbay web page above.
 
Opening Times
Easter until Whitsun            – 09:30 to 17:00
Whitsun until 30 September – 09:30 to 17:30
 
A ship’s bell is rung 30 minutes before the last car ascends for the day.  Be sure to listen for the bell and be back at the lower cliff station before the car leaves.
 
Fares
Go to the official website for up to date fares and disability concessions.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1803 328 750
Website  Babbacombe Beach Cliff Railway    External Link
 
If you would like to view images of the railway, go to Web: Photos of Babbacombe Lift    External Link
 
Getting There
Babbacombe Downs and St Marychurch are just north-east of Torquay town centre on the A379.
 
Google Maps - Babbacombe Cliff Railway