Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway


Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a unique Victorian water powered lift.

No family trip to the picturesque Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon would be complete without a ride on the famous funicular cliff lift. It’s the best and most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns and will be one of the highlights of the day.

Enjoy stunning views of Exmoor and the North Devon Coastline as you glide up and down the  862 foot length of track; from Lynmouth nestling at the foot of the cliffs to Lynton perched 500 feet above. 

How it works

When each car is ‘docked’ with full water tanks (700 gallons) at both stations the cars are in balance (weighing the same) and are ready for loading. As passengers board, the variations are accommodated for by the brakes which clamp the cars to the rails. Each car’s brakes can hold the weight of both cars fully laden. In addition to this the lower car has a water operated locking device which clamps the car to the bottom station. 


  • The Esplanade
  • Lynmouth
  • Devon
  • EX35 6EQ