Sad news

We are extremely sad to announce the passing away of John Ayres, Chairman of Babbacombe Cliff Railway Community Interest Company.
John was passionate about the Cliff Railway and his mission was to ensure that it would always be a part of the community of Babbacombe, available for local people to use as much as possible, as well as holidaymakers. He was the custodian of this unique piece of history and was committed to keeping the railway in excellent condition and securing its future for generations to come.
His passion, enthusiasm and energy ensured that Babbacombe Cliff Railway became the thriving enterprise that it is today.
John was so much more than our Chairman. He was a wonderful man who was our inspiration and our friend.
His passing is a devastating loss and all of the team at Babbacombe Cliff Railway will miss him enormously.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway re-opens on 10 February

Babbacombe Cliff Railway, which has been transporting people from up on Babbacombe Downs to the secluded Oddicombe Beach since 1926, will re-open on Saturday 10 February after completing its annual maintenance programme. The Cliff Railway will now run every day through until the winter providing a vital service for local people and holidaymakers. Oddicombe Beach has increased in popularity over recent years and the railway carried over 120,000 people last year .

Marketing Manager, Nicky Allen, said “We are very excited about 2018. As well as our daily running we have some fantastic, fun, family events planned as well as a few other projects going on in the background. As always we try to bring some new ideas as well as make sure we continue with the favourites.” This year’s events include the brand new Cliff Railway Day on Saturday 12 May which is designed to be a day of celebrating all things Cliff Railway. The Babbacombe Ukulele Festival is back and now a two day event on the weekend of 9 and 10 June. Plus, 2018 sees the third year of the incredibly popular competition, Last Team Standing on Saturday 8 September. Nicky said “We really do enjoy putting on events at the beach. There is always such a great atmosphere. People want to be there and want to enjoy themselves and that is simply a delight for us. Oddicombe is a lovely place all year round and when we have our beach filled with people, music and laughter then we are a very happy team.”

The first event of the year is the Easter Eggstravaganza on Monday 2 April. With a treasure trail for the children and some chocolate treats for those who successfully complete it.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway is run by a Community Interest Company made up of a board of voluntary directors who oversee the running of the business. There is a professional team of staff who manage the railway on a day to day basis and there is also a Visitor Centre on Oddicombe Beach which is manned by volunteers. The Cliff Railway is always interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in volunteering with them so if you think you might like to find out more then give them a ring on 01803 328750 or e-mail

Festive Opening Hours

  • We will be open every day, as normal, up to and including Friday 22 December
  • We will be closed 23, 24 and 25 December
  • We will be open from 26 December through until 31 December from 10am to 4pm
  • We will then be closed for a period of refurbishment and hope to be open again on 10 February

Merry Christmas everyone!