If you are looking for a charming spot to spend relaxing time away in North Yorkshire, you can be sure Saltburn is an excellent choice. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Saltburn by the Sea.
Suitable to all types of travellers, from families with young children, couples or groups of friends, there are plenty of attractions and activities for everyone in Saltburn. Here, we take a look at 8 of our favourite things to do in Saltburn by the Sea.
1. Saltburn Cliff Lift
Did you know that Saltburn is home to the oldest water balanced cliff lift in the country? Opened in June 1884, Saltburn Cliff Lift goes up 37 meters to connect the pier and seafront to the town, while at the same time offering extensive views over the coastline and the North Sea. Throughout the years, the mechanical system has been renovated and the funicular cars were given a Victorian facelift to offer visitors a completely authentic experience. Find more information here.
2. Saltburn Pier
When looking for things to do in Saltburn by the Sea, it is only natural that you would want to enjoy some time on the seafront. Another popular attraction of Saltburn is its Victorian pier, the first iron pier built on the North East Coast. Furthermore, it is the most northerly surviving pier on British soil. Commissioned by the Saltburn Pier Company in 1867, the structure was designed by Mr John Anderson and completed within two years. Even though it has undergone several restoration works, including a length reduction, the pier continues to be a favourite landmark among locals and visitors alike. Find more information here.
3. Saltburn Miniature Railway
Railway enthusiasts gather around. Saltburn is also home to the Saltburn Miniature Railway, a 15-inch gauge railway that was established in 1947. Counting several locomotives, including Prince Charles, a 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive built-in 1950, the line runs from Cat Nab station, located by the beach, along the wooded valley beside Skelton Beck, through grassland before reaching Forest Halt station. Once there, you can cross the small bridge to the Valley Gardens where you can wander in nature, stop for a picnic in the designated areas or simply stay on board to return to Cat Nab. This is definitely a pleasant activity for every member of the family. Find more information here.
4. The Valley Gardens
Designed by Robert Everatt for the SIC in 1860, the Valley Gardens is the perfect spot to enjoy some downtime during your visit to Saltburn. You will love taking a stroll in this green area, where you can follow a maze of paths and tracks through a mixture of woodland and formal gardens, including the stunning Italian Gardens. After exploring the park, why don’t you take a break at the tea room nearby before ending the day with a walk on the nearby beach? Find more information here.
You may not be thinking about Saltburn by the Sea as a surf destination, but the resort is actually considered one of the top places to surf in the UK. Indeed, at high tide, excellent beach breaks can be found on either side of the pier, which is perfect for beginners and intermediates. In fact, surfing events are held in Saltburn during winter and autumn, attracting thousands of competitors and spectators to the spot. If you are interested in surfing or simply want to taste the waters, there are several surf schools in the area as well as a surf shop on the beachfront where you can buy or rent the necessary equipment. Find more information here.
6. Cleveland Way
If you are a hiking aficionado, don’t miss a chance to explore the Cleveland Way. This national trail covers 177 km between Helmsley to Filey and borders the North York Moors National Park. From Saltburn, the trail follows the coastline and even passes along Whitby all the way to the end but you can follow the section going inland around Staithes. The trail is also loved by birdwatching enthusiasts and nature lovers for the variety of fauna and flora it contains. Don’t forget your camera! Find more information here.
7. The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Near Saltburn by the Sea, you will find the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. Founded in 1983 by a group of volunteers who had the desire to showcase what had been the main reason for the area’s prosperity, the museum celebrates the heritage of the ironstone industry. Located on the site of the first ironstone mine, the museum features a collection of artefacts, photographs and documents and offering visitors an opportunity to experience first-hand the hard work of a miner, with even a stop in one of the haulage drifts. Find more information here.
8. Saltburn Food Festival
Held during the summer, the Saltburn Food Festival is one of the top events of the year. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, the festival features over 100 stalls from independent local food producers, a festival village packed with a variety of food options for all the family to enjoy as well as a live cookery show with local and renowned chefs. We cannot fail to mention the live music, street theatre and plenty of activities for young and old. And to top it off, the whole festival is free to all so you have to excuse to miss it should you visit the region in July. Find more information here.
So there you have it, 8 of the best things to do in Saltburn by the Sea. If you have any suggestions to add to this article, please leave them in the comments below.