Saltburn beach is a fantastic place to spend the day – but it often gets overlooked by the other wonderful spots on the Yorkshire coast. It has a fascinating history and lots to keep the whole family entertained.
Check out some of our favourite things to do when we visit Saltburn and start planning your trip.
Wander Saltburn beach
Saltburn beach stretches on and on, and is made up of soft sand and sea rounded pebbles. You can spend many hours on the beach, running in and out of the sea and enjoying being outdoors.
Walk the pier
Saltburn has an amazing pier you can walk along and enjoy getting right out over the sea. The original 1,500 feet (460m) pier has existed since 1869. It had a steamer landing stage at the end where tourists could enjoy excursions out to sea. This was destroyed in a storm in 1875 and was never replaced, leaving the pier slightly shortened.
Over the years, gas lighting was added along the pier and the pier head was widened. New entrance kiosks were built in 1884, as were refreshment rooms and bandstand. In 1938, the pier passed into council ownership and was guarded against Nazi invasion during WW2.
More storms have battered Saltburn pier but investments have always been made to keep it in good working order. It’s now a grade II listed building and well maintained by the council.
Ride the cliff lift
Built to make access to the pier easier for those who didn’t want to walk, Saltburn’s famous cliff lift was built in 1870. Thanks to rotten wood, it had to be demolished in 1883 and a replacement took its place in 1884.
To this day, it remains the world’s oldest water balanced cliff railway. Very little has changed on it since the reopening, though the carriages have been replaced with aluminium rather than wood. No visit to Saltburn is complete without a ride up the cliff in it. The cliff lift operates between March and October.
Play crazy golf
A round of crazy golf is a big part of the English seaside experience. The crazy golf course by Saltburn beach is a really fun one that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
Walk through the Saltburn Valley Gardens
The woodland and gardens along the cliff edge are great for exploring with the family and getting some well needed shade on hot summer days. Smell the wild garlic, splash in the stream and take a look at the miniature railway.
Saltburn Miniature Railway
The 15 inch gauge railway is one of the most famous in the country. It was first established in 1947 and was originally only 300 yards long. The miniature railway has been extended over the years to run from Cat Nab station, through the wooded valley to its forest halt.
Eat fish and chips
Having fish and chips by the coast is a must. There are lots of delicious restaurants and takeaways serving fresh fish and crispy chips.
Visit the local shops
It’s not just all about the beach. Saltburn has lots of wonderful independent shops selling everything from antiques to flowers, fishing equipment to local produce. Make sure you pull yourself away from the sea long enough to have a browse!