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
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are not allowed on certain areas of the beach.
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
- Town centre nearby
- Deck chair hire
OS grid ref.
NZ 6676 2173
There is both free and pay parking near the beach. There is parking available for disabled visitors.
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Saltburn Beach Reviews
JohnMar 22nd 2020
It’s like taking a walk back in time to better quieter days
Brilliant for walking and plenty of cafes and some cool new bars in the town centre.
Cracking beach and facilities
PaulJun 29th 2019
Great beach and fish and chips. Take the dog for a decent walk and plenty to do for the kids.
StuApr 10th 2023
Beautiful beach. Can clearly see why it was voted as best beach in UK a year or so ago.
The dredging needs to stop, the water quality needs improving, the sewage leaking in to the sea needs to not happen ever
Saltburn increasing in popularity
RogerApr 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 campbellMar 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.