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).


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:

  • 91lisab
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
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    A must if you are in the area!
    5 of 5 stars
    10th June 2019
    I was visiting the model village with my boyfriend and my parents and as this is a 5min (or less) walk from the model village we thought we would visit here as well. There is a small café with plenty... Read full review
  • lindseyo471
    Helston, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Lovely little lift
    5 of 5 stars
    12th June 2019
    Went here in the afternoon following in Torquay, was a lovely way down to the beach, although dogs were not allowed in the beach we still sat on the prom for a while and the got lift back up... Read full review
  • Tracyw1071
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    5 of 5 stars
    13th June 2019
    Had a ride down to the beach, dogs not allowed on beach but they can travel down and are allowed on the prom. Spent an hour or so then caught the last one back to the top. Staff are lovely and... 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.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • 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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