Babbacombe Cliff Railway


Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LF

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Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach since it first opened in 1926.

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in the UK, the Cliff Railway provides a vital and non-exhausting way for locals and holiday makers alike to soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take in the amazing views as they travel to and from the water's edge.

With a gorgeous beach bar and cafe on Oddicombe and seasonal wate sports, it really is a must-visit beach.

While you're there, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for our regular summer visitors, Sammy the seal and the dolphins.

2019 sees the 10th anniversary of the community owning Babbacombe Cliff Railway and has a host of celebrations planned throughout the year.

Over that time Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been lucky enough to have an amazing team of passionate, dedicated people who have all been committed to their role as custodians of this fabulous, historic piece of engineering and who have also been determined to ensure that the railway thrives and that its future is safe.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway is in excellent condition, there is a Visitor Centre (free admission) on the beach and a host of fantastic events with hoards of people enjoying some great times on the railway and on Oddicombe Beach.

Traveller numbers were around 90,000 in 2009.

They were over 130,000 in 2018.

Team Babbacombe Cliff Railway is absolutely delighted to be celebrating ten incredible years and looking forward to many more.


Babbacombe Cliff Railway was built in 1926

It is situated on the South West Coast Path on the stunning English Riviera

It transports around 130,000 people each year up and down the cliffs

It runs from the top of the beautiful Babbacombe Downs down to the delightful Oddicombe Beach.

Oddicombe Beach is home to a café, shop, water sports and there are also toilet facilities.

The track is 720 feet long.

The cars travel at 500ft per minute.

Since 2009 the Cliff Railway has been run by a Community Interest Company.

The purpose of the Community Interest Company is to preserve, protect and promote the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway is now an Approved Premises for weddings and offers a small, intimate venue for up to 40 guests.

In 2012 Babbacombe Cliff Railway opened a Visitor Centre on Oddicombe Beach which is free to wander around so why not pop in and learn more about the history of this fabulous, funicular railway.

Opening Times

Opening 2019 (15 Feb 2019 - 1 Jan 2020)

* Open each and every day from 9am to 5pm (running until 6pm during the summer months).


11th May 2019 - 11th May 2019

Cliff Railway Day - Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe, Torquay, DevonCliff Railway Day - Babbacombe Cliff RailwayFor Cliff Railway Day 2019 we have a treat on offer that could not be simpler: On Saturday 11 May EVERYONE will travel for FREE. ALL DAY. Yep, that’s right. As part of our celebrations of the tenth anniversary of community ownership of Babbacombe Cliff Railway we have decided to say a huge thank...
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8th June 2019 - 8th June 2019

The John Ayres Ukulele Proms - Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Torquay, DevonThe John Ayres Ukulele Proms - Babbacombe Cliff RailwayThis incredible ukulele extravaganza is back. For one day only, Oddicombe Beach will be filled with the sound of hundreds of ukuleles. This is a particularly special event in our calendar, which was re-named in 2018 after John Ayres who was the Chairman of Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC, the event...
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14th Sept 2019 - 14th Sept 2019

Last Team Standing, Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Torquay, DevonLast Team Standing - Babbacombe Cliff RailwayIt’s back. This event, now in its 4th year, has proved increasingly popular. We were over-subscribed for teams wanting to enter last year and, we’re not gonna lie, the build quality was seriously impressive. To confirm, the drill is as follows: Teams of up to 8 people (£10 per team to enter). Each...
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Recent Reviews:

  • vernagittins
    Brisbane, Australia
    Trip Type:
    A great afternoon out
    5 of 5 stars
    15th Apr 2019
    We really enjoyed an afternoon at this beach. Using the cliff railway was great and very handy for elderly people to get to the beach. The views were great. After reaching the bottom we were able to... Read full review
  • J_Wells52
    Trip Type:
    Rude & obnoxious Staff.
    1 of 5 stars
    16th Apr 2019
    Absolutely rude! The staff here at the Babbacombe cliff railway are a stain on the local area. My wife and I were appalled at the behavior of those that are running this railway. Without any doubt... Read full review
  • SharonS3214
    Tilehurst, Reading
    Trip Type:
    Enjoyable novelty ride
    5 of 5 stars
    17th Apr 2019
    Took the lazy way down the cliff. Good value. Lovely beach and cafe. Friendly chatty staff at the cliff ride station. Read full review


Road Directions

From Torquay Harbour head up the main Babbacombe Road, turn right at Babbacombe Downs Road and the Cliff Railway is situated on your right hand side.

Public Transport Directions

Please visit the Stagecoach website for details of which buses run to Babbacombe Cliff Railway.



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  • On-Site café/restaurant

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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