Saltburn Beach

Saltburn is a seaside resort with a rich heritage dating back to the Victorian heyday and beyond. The town was developed off the back of the Industrial Revolution and the local iron industry in particular. Whilst the boom times may have long passed many of the trappings of the Victorian era remain.

There is the pier; once 1,500ft in length, but following many years of neglect and a few disasters, the pier stands at less than half this length.

Situated directly behind the pier is Saltburn’s cliff tramway. This was constructed to provide an easy route up and down the 120ft cliff for the delicate ladies of the day, allowing them to be wafted down the cliff to their waiting bathing machines below.
The lift still operates and is the UK’s oldest water balanced funicular lift.

Other Victorian highlights include the formal Italian Gardens which are served by a miniature railway.

Saltburn beach itself is a sand and shingle affair backed by a promenade and with plenty of facilities close at hand.

Saltburn is home to one of the best surf spots along this stretch of North Sea coast. Facing directly north it picks up more swell than neighbouring spots. It is also protected from the wind by the imposing headland of Huntcliff at the eastern end.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are not allowed on certain areas of the beach.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Pier

Nearest town



TS12 1HQ

OS grid ref.

NZ 6676 2173


There is both free and pay parking near the beach. There is parking available for disabled visitors.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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Saltburn Beach Reviews

Saltburn increasing in popularity

Apr 23rd 2022

This small seaside town is undoubtedly enjoying a renaissance. The town has several cafes and restaurants as does the lower promenade. The obvious attraction is the Beach which is well kept during the busy summer months but is sometimes spoilt by visitors who leave their rubbish scattered about!
The Cliff Lift (when operating) is a short and spectacular ride from the Top Promenade and links nicely to the Bottom prom where you will find cafes and a lovely Restaurant all close to the Pier. Just a short walk leads you to The Valley Gardens with a super Miniature Railway and play areas for the children.  The only thing that lets the place down is a distinct lack of car parking spaces and Saltburn could do with a Park and Ride service.

disappointed - small and untidy

fergus campbell
Mar 17th 2022

Came here a few years back. great beach, great atmosphere. It used to be enormous with loads of space for the kids to play and dogs to run around. I was staggered at it now. The dog faeces on the beach make it look like its hardly looked after, and that’s not even discussing the size of it now! It’s nothing like it was before. Smaller areas mean that me and my wife could hardly wander by the sea. Overall, disappointed with the state of a beach I used to love visiting.

Sep 26th 2020

Brilliant for walking and plenty of cafes and some cool new bars in the town centre.


Mar 22nd 2020

It’s like taking a walk back in time to better quieter days

Cracking beach and facilities

Jun 29th 2019

Great beach and fish and chips. Take the dog for a decent walk and plenty to do for the kids.

What did we get wrong?