The Beach Guide

Saltburn Beach

Saltburn Beach - Yorkshire

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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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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Pier

    Nearest town



    TS12 1HQ

    OS grid ref.

    NZ 6676 2173

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    Saltburn Beach Reviews

    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.

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