Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

NGR SN584826

The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway is one of two railways to use stepped carriages. It was opened in 1896. The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway - the longest electric cliff railway in Britain - is one of the most popular attractions in Aberystwyth. It climbs Constitution Hill from the northern end of the town's promenade; trains run every few minutes during the spring, summer and early autumn.

The mechanism was originally water balanced but was replaced by the current electric winding mechanism in 1921.


Before Modernisation

A Carriage Top Station

Down the Line Up the Line

After Modernisation

A Carriage Top Station

Down the Line Lower Station Down the Line Upper Station Carriage showing Floating Body Up the Line Up the Line Up the Line

Old Postcard

The Stats
Date Opened 1/8/1896Length 237 m
Gradient 1:2*Track Gauge 1473 mm
Number of Cars 2Open to Public Yes
Funicular Type UnknownTrack layout Twin Track
Power Source ElectricRailway Status In Use

* - Variable (max gradient reported)