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East Hill Lift

Step aboard this historic funicular railway and enjoy views of the fishing fleet and rows of net shops on the seafront.   

One of the steepest funicular railways in the country, the East Hill Lift carries passengers up a steep and rocky cliff to Hastings Country Park at the top. Ascend the slope in the old-fashioned carriages and marvel at the views out to sea from the top.

After a bout of planning problems and setbacks, the East Hill railway was opened by Hastings Borough Council in 1903. It originally operated on the water balance principle but was converted to electric in the 1970s and is one of two historic funiculars in Hastings. The other, the West Hill Lift, runs through a tunnel before emerging onto the West Hill, whereas the East Hill Lift route is open, cut right into the face of the cliff. See the whole panoramic view as you ascend the East Hill Lift route.

Climb aboard the railway at the lower station and step inside the carriage. Note the Edwardian-style décor and furnishings; the carriages have been renovated to appear as they would have looked when the lift first opened. Glance out the window as the train chugs up the hill and watch the shops and boats of the seafront grow smaller in the distance. Though the funicular does not move quickly, the trip is exhilarating, with the steep route climbing at a gradient of 78 percent.

The train carries you up 267 feet (81 meters) to the upper station where you’ll disembark. At the top lies a plateau of grassy parkland, known as Hastings Country Park. Take in views of the shingle beaches of the coast and the English Channel. Try to spot the fishing vessels of the Stade, a seafront area that is home to one of the largest beach-launched fishing fleets in Europe.

The East Hill Lift station is found on Rock-a-Nore Road near the seafront in Hastings. Tickets are required. The train runs between April and late September. If the weather is nice, consider bringing along a picnic and lingering for a while in Hastings Country Park.


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The Lansdowne

The Lansdowne

1 & 2 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Hastings guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings Pier and White Rock Theatre. Hastings Beach and Warrior Square Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Hastings Station is 9 minutes by foot and St Leonards Warrior Square Station is 19 minutes.

    Number 46 £85
    Number 46

    Number 46

    46 Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Hastings, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Hastings Castle and West Hill Lift are also within 15 minutes. Hastings Station is only a 4-minute walk and Hastings Ore Station is 25 minutes.

      Chatsworth Hotel £65
      Chatsworth Hotel

      Chatsworth Hotel

      7-11 Carlisle Parade, Hastings, England
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of White Rock Theatre and Hastings Pier. Hastings Beach and Priory Meadow Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Hastings Station is 8 minutes by foot and St Leonards Warrior Square Station is 18 minutes.

        Tranquil Holiday Home in East Sussex With Garden
        Tranquil Holiday Home in East Sussex With Garden

        Tranquil Holiday Home in East Sussex With Garden

        Dolphin Cottages,20 Rock-a-Nore Road,, Hastings, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Hastings, this luxury apartment building is steps away from East Hill Lift, Fishermen's Museum and Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre. Blue Reef Aquarium and Rocka-a-Nore Beach are also within 5 minutes. Hastings Station is 18 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 24 minutes.

          Modern Holiday Home in Hastings Kent With Garden
          Modern Holiday Home in Hastings Kent With Garden

          Modern Holiday Home in Hastings Kent With Garden

          20 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East, Sussex, Hastings, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Hastings, this holiday home is steps away from Fishermen's Museum, East Hill Lift and Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre. Blue Reef Aquarium and Rocka-a-Nore Beach are also within 5 minutes. Hastings Station is 18 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 22 minutes.

            The Laindons £146
            The Laindons

            The Laindons

            23 High Street, Old Town, Hastings, England
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Hastings, this beach bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle. White Rock Theatre and Hastings Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hastings Ore Station is 18 minutes by foot and Hastings Station is 19 minutes.

              Tackleway Cottage
              Tackleway Cottage

              Tackleway Cottage

              3 Tackleway, Hastings, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre, Blue Reef Aquarium and East Hill Lift. Fishermen's Museum and Old Town Hall Museum are also within 5 minutes. Hastings Ore Station is 21 minutes by foot and Hastings Station is 21 minutes.

                The Fisherman's Rest
                The Fisherman's Rest

                The Fisherman's Rest

                The Fisherman's Rest 1 Trafalgar, Cottages Tackleway, Hastings, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hastings, this cottage is steps away from East Hill Lift, Fishermen's Museum and Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre. Old Town Hall Museum and Blue Reef Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Hastings Station is 20 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 23 minutes.