6 Unmissable Things To Do In Saltburn By The Sea (2024) 🏖️
6 Unmissable Things To Do In Saltburn By The Sea (2024) 🏖️

6 Unmissable Things To Do In Saltburn By The Sea (2024) 🏖️

Ask any Brit about Saltburn By The Sea, and chances are they’ve never even heard of this absolute hidden gem.

I’ll admit – I had no idea of it’s existence either until my girlfriend brought me here last summer.

With the Yorkshire coast being a favourite staycation spot for my partner’s family growing up, I was fortunate enough to have her be my personal tour guide; filling our time in the quaint town with a bunch of fun activities.

Saltburn By The Sea, Saltburn Beach Pier

For anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting here, I think we can all agree on its main selling point – the fabulous beach and seafront.

Saltburn Beach has even previously been rated the best beach in the whole of the UK!

So what exactly are the best things to do during a visit to Saltburn? Scroll on to find out 👇👇

Where is Saltburn?

Saltburn Beach, Saltburn By The Sea, Seafront

A quaint seaside town characterised by its impressive Victorian features, Saltburn By The Sea can be found on the coast in Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire.

Home to a small population of roughly 6,000, the town resides in the historic boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire and is most celebrated for Saltburn Beach and its seafront, which continue to attract droves of tourists each and every year.

Parking For Saltburn Beach:  Seafront Car Park, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1HH

History of Saltburn

Once a thriving bathing resort in the 1800s, the Victorian aesthetic is clear from the moment you lay eyes on Saltburn’s charming town centre and promenade.

Entrepreneur of the time – Henry Pease – founded the Victorian resort from the historic tramway to the throwback pleasure pier which still remains intact today.

Exploring here almost feels like you’ve been transported back to an older and simpler time.

Walking Pier, Saltburn Beach, Saltburn By The Sea

Interestingly however, Saltburn Beach is perhaps just as well known for its history of smuggling!

The coastline from Whitby to Saltburn was a notorious smuggling hotspot during the 18th Century and early 19th Century, the most prominent figure being Saltburn’s very own John Andrew, the so-called ‘King of the Smugglers’.

Things to do – Saltburn By The Sea

There’s lots to do at Saltburn Beach. In no particular order, here are the top things you most definitely have to check out when you’re here:

Check out Saltburn’s iconic ‘Cliff Tramway’

Saltburn By The Sea Tram, Cliff Lift

Opened back in 1884, Saltburn By The Sea is actually home to the oldest water balanced cliff tramway still running in Great Britain.

Cosmetically untouched through the years, the famous ‘cliff lift’ retains all its splendid Victorian charm.

Both cars are fitted with water tanks which work as a counter balance to maneuver up and down the track.

Riding the tram almost feels like travelling back to the 1800s, ascending and descending the 37 metre tramline as you peer over the gorgeous Saltburn beach and seafront.

Fun for all the family, there’s good as to reason why it’s Tripadvisor’s highest rated thing to do in town!

Saltburn By The Sea Tramway Price (Single Fares)
Ticket Price (Single Fares)
Adults £1.10
Children (Aged 4-6) 60p
Children (Aged 3 and Under) Free!
Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children) £3.50

Due to Covid restrictions however, the tram has unfortunately been closed to the public for some time now. Fingers crossed it reopens soon 🤞

Try your hand at surfing

Saltburn Beach, Surfer

While Cornwall tends to be the most popular surf destination in England, most folk are unaware the waves produced on the beach of this small Yorkshire town can rival the very best in the country.

Home to three surf schools, you should have no problem booking a lesson if you’re visiting Saltburn during surf season.

The three main surf schools are:

Surf School Website
Saltburn Surf School https://www.saltburn-surf.co.uk/
Flow Surf Coaching https://www.flowsurfcoaching.com/
Drift Surf Shop https://driftsurfshop.co.uk/

I tried surfing for the first time last year, and let me tell you – it’s such great fun.

Facing directly north and sheltered from the winds by the cliffy coastline, the swell on Saltburn Beach during high tide produces great waves for both beginners & intermediates.

Saltburn Beach, Cliffs

Beginner lessons are both exhilarating and informative, providing you with enough knowledge to head out riding waves on your own afterwards.

Don’t worry about buying your own gear either, each surf shop has a hire service, meaning you can spend as long as you want crashing in the Yorkshire waters!

Surf competitions are actually held in Saltburn By The Sea during the autumn and winter months, attracting hordes of both competitors and spectators to the typically slow-paced town.

With staycations becoming ever more popular after all the ever-changing Covid restrictions, I’m positive that the surf scene in this town is going to continue to blossom.

According to Surf Forecast, winter and spring are the times to visit if you’re wanting to catch the very best waves.

Roam around Saltburn beach

Saltburn Beach, Pier View

If surfing just really isn’t your thing, you can always walk along the beach and watch the surfers wipe out from a distance instead!

An activity that’ll certainly keep you much more dry (weather permitting), the beach is stunning, offering fantastic ocean views and the perfect angles to admire the rugged Saltburn coastline.

A perfect activity for the kids, the sandy and shingled beach is kept very clean and is fantastic for playing, building sand castles or simply strolling along with an ice-cream in hand.

With the beach being an infamous hotbed for smuggling during Victorian times, why not try rummaging for treasure?

Are dogs allowed on Saltburn Beach?

Yes! The beach is an ideal spot for taking your dog on some scenic walkies.

While they’re not allowed between the left of the pier and Hazlegrove during the summer months of May through September, the rest of Saltburn Beach is open to roam with four-legged friends.

Saltburn Beach, Cliffs

You and your furry companion(s) will be treated to a huge stretch of gorgeous sandy coastline to explore, and dogs are also still able to walk along the promenade.

Stroll along Saltburn beach pier

Pier Walk, Saltburn By The Sea, Saltburn Beach

A true throwback, Saltburn By The Sea is host to one of the few Victorian ‘Pleasure Piers’ still in existence today.

A ‘pleasure pier’ is an older term that was used to described a walkway that takes you out towards the sea; often including a variety of amusements and theatres for visitors to enjoy.

The very first Pleasure Pier constructed on the Yorkshire coast, Saltburn’s seafront dates all the way back to 1869.

Originally over 450 metres long, storm damage through the years has unfortunately caused the pier to now have been shortened to 206 metres.

What it may lack in length compared to its heyday, it’s certainly not lacking in fun!

Stroll along as you take in the picturesque seafront landscape and watch the North Sea swell and splash upon the shore.

The views are arguably even better here during poor weather. Observing the chaotic colliding of the waves from above are a sight to behold, and at times it can almost feel like they might come crashing over the pier!

Entry on to the pier is free and is also home to an old-school arcade – an entertaining little place that’s fun to spend an hour or so collecting tickets in an attempt to win some novelty prizes.

A favourite with the kids for sure!

Rent a hut

Saltburn Beach Huts, Saltburn By The Sea

Boldly standing out from the classically Victorian appearance of the promenade, you can’t help but be drawn to the 45 brightly painted chalets lined up facing out towards Saltburn Beach.

A much more recent addition to the seafront, you can bag yourself one of the candy coloured huts for the day from as little as little as £20-25 during low season or £40-£50 during high season.

Coming with electricity, running water, cushioned seating areas and breakfast tables and chairs, the huts are perfect for organising your very own beach party or simply relaxing with a little more privacy.

Saltburn Beach Huts, Promenade

Painted in lively hues of red, blue, yellow, orange, green and pink, they certainly brighten up the place, although they’ve also caused some recent controversy for having such a long waiting list!

If you’re wanting to rent a hut during your visit to Saltburn Beach, safe to say you best book early!

For more information, be sure to check out the official Marshall’s Beach Huts website.

Tuck into Saltburn’s celebrated fish and chips

Saltburn Beach Fish and Chips
Munching on some fish n’ chips, overlooking the seafront

Now, no visit to the seafront would be complete without a portion of fish and chips!

Luckily, Saltburn Beach has you covered with plenty of quality chippy shops on hand.

While the town itself is host to a bunch of food options, the three main ones by the beach front are:

Chippy Website
Oscar’s Fish & Chips https://www.facebook.com/oscarsfishandchipssaltburn/
Cat Nab Fish Bar https://www.facebook.com/catnabfishbar
The Seaview Restaurant https://theseaviewrestaurant.co.uk/

On our last visit we ate at The Seaview Restaurant and the food was delicious.

Their upstairs restaurant has actually appeared on BBC’s ‘Remarkable Place To Eat’, but their takeaway fish and chips are just as scrumptious.

There’s just something so appealing about sitting by the beach and eating your chippy with those naff little forks you get. You can’t get more British than that!

Word of warning though – watch out for the hungry seagulls flying around, they’re cheeky buggers and will take off with your food given half a chance!

Saltburn Beach, Top Things To Do

FAQs

Can you walk from Saltburn to Redcar on the beach?

Indeed, you can. A relaxing coastal stroll via Marske-by-the-Sea, the route runs roughly 4 miles and shouldn’t take much longer than an hour to reach Redcar.

Full route info can be found here.

Can you have a fire on Saltburn Beach?

Fires are not allowed on Saltburn Beach unless you’ve been given specific permission from Sacraborough Borough Council.

Where to park for Saltburn Beach?

The main car parking spots for Saltburn Beach are:

Carpark Address
Seafront Car Park Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1HH
Cat Nab Car Park Saltburn Bank, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1NY
Saltburn-by-the-Sea – Public Parking Space Bank Foot, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1NY

Happy exploring 🚶🚶