Saltburn Tourist Information

A highly sought after, premier seaside resort in Victorian times, Saltburn by the Sea, or Saltburn, as it is often known, still retains a great deal of its original character that once kept its wealthy tourists coming back year after year, and is the perfect coastal town for a relaxing holiday in the fresh country air.

Part of the stunning North Yorkshire Heritage Coast stretching from Scarborough to Hartlepool, Saltburn’s beautiful coastline, with its sandy beaches and fine waves, is a haven for surfers. Saltburn Surf School, situated near the beach, provides equipment hire for the more experienced surfer, and private or group lessons for the beginners, making it a fantastic place to begin any activity-based holiday in Saltburn. Other indoor and outdoor activities can also be found in Saltburn Leisure Centre or Saltburn Golf Club, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment during your vacation.

Saltburn’s coastline offers another very different sort of tourist experience in the form of its dramatic rock faces and cliff caves, which formerly held concealed contraband placed there by smugglers. Come face to face with part of this thrilling history at Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre, an interactive exhibition on local smuggling in the 18th century, set in an adapted fisherman’s house, that will transport you to another world and time.

Other aspects of Saltburn’s intriguing local history include its long-standing tradition as a Victorian tourist centre, evident today in the architecture of buildings like the Emmanuel Church, the Station Complex and the Zetland Hotel, believed to be the first purpose built railway hotel in the world. This railway that had brought so many travellers to scenic Saltburn is commemorated today by the Saltburn Miniature Railway, a miniature railway popular with visitors that runs from the beach to the Saltburn Woodland Centre, a well-favoured stop for walkers on the Cleveland Way. The railway passes through the town’s alluring Valley Gardens, the highlight of which is the lovely Italian Gardens that is still displayed today in its original style.

A trip to Saltburn must include a visit to one of its principal coastal features, Saltburn Pier, Britain’s most northerly pier still surviving today. Constructed in 1869, the pier has withstood more than a century in the severe waters of the North Sea, and has been recently restored to its original splendor. Take the rare opportunity to travel down to the pier from the town centre via Saltburn Cliff Lift, the oldest water balanced cliff lift in Britain, and truly feel like part of the old world as you enjoy the breathtaking views around you.

From history buffs to avid surfers, there is something for everyone to be found in this charming little town on the North East Coast, promising you a terrific holiday and a rejuvenating break with memories to last a lifetime.

Interesting fact:
A cottage in Saltburn was frequented by Edward, Prince of Wales, and his mistress Lillie Langtry in the 19th century, and is now known to the locals as ‘Teddy’s Nook’.

Things to see and do around Saltburn:

Emmanuel Church
Saltburn Artists Project
Saltburn Cliff Lift
Saltburn Gallery
Saltburn Golf Club
Saltburn Leisure Centre
Saltburn Miniature Railway
Saltburn Pier
Saltburn Surf School
Saltburn Valley Gardens and Woodland Centre
Smugglers Heritage Centre
Zetland Hotel