A scenic trip on an historic attraction

Santa's weekends have been a great success! He really has been busy.
He was so pleased, that he is plannng to be back again next year!

He say's a great big thankyou to all the tramway volunteers who made his visit possible and wishes them all a happy & peaceful christmas (as they all deserve a good long rest).
He hopes that all the children he saw have a great time and are not too dissapointd if they don't get all the presents they wanted.
See a quick video of the Santa Special 

We do apologise to anyone who didn't get a chance to see Santa, but we have to work within the guidelines of Health and Safety.

We will not be opening on Boxing day or the 27th & 28th December. The volunteers need a break as well.

As a special we will be opening on New Year Day. 12:00-16:00. Come and blow away the holiday blues!


2015 Family passes are now available - a different Christmas gift.

Unlimited travel until 31st December 2015. Maximun number of six people per pass     £12.50
info@shipleyglentramway.co.uk with your name & address and we will send you an application form.

The concert at Victoria Hall was a resounding success.
Our thanks to all who participated in any way.

We have had our sign repainted - it looks really good.

The rest of the building will be getting a facelift shortly!

Don't forget to check our EVENTS for a list of our forthcoming attractions!

Please note, that as much as we would like to open weekdays during the school holidays, we just don't have enough volunteers to make this possible.

We can usually cater for booked parties during weekdays given reasonable notice.

We have, through the efforts of the SGT Volunteers but most of all you our visitors, been awarded Trip Advisors "Certificate of Exellence 2014" this is indeed an Honor and makes the hard work all the more satisfying.

2014 going well, Renovations and Re-decorating is on track and other Maintenance is almost complete.

2013 was a really bumper year for the tramway, with just short of 25,000 visitors, over 9,000 more than 2012.  This is all due to the enthusiasm of our dedicated band of volunteers. To keep this unique attraction safe & running requires an unstinting effort which has been rewarded by the increase in visitors who are able to enjoy the trip on an 1895 cableway.

The comments we receive both "on-the-day" and via the website and Trip Advisor indicate that there is still a passion for victorian attractions.

There are always things to do and improvements to make; but we are getting there!

The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty  spot of Shipley Glen near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path. 

A short walk brings a Cafe within reach as well as the rocks and woods of Shipley Glen. The bottom station allows access to Roberts Park and the River Aire and the delights of Saltaire with Salt's Mill and its famous Hockney Gallery.

 As well as rides on the open trams, there is a small souvenir shop at the top station, selling sweets. There is a nostalgic Edwardian shop at the bottom station.

The museum at the bottom station displays photos and memorabilia of the tramway as well as Shipley Glen. There are interesting pictorial displays and memories of the tramway and Shipley Glen in days gone by. The museum opens when the tramway is open and entry is free of charge.


In 1895 it would have cost you about 2d for a round trip on the tramway. It will now cost you £2.00 for unlimited travel for a day, so we now offer even better value for money!

Saturday and Sunday, Noon to dusk (about 4.30pm according to light) until Christmas.
Winter opening 4th January until Easter, Sundays only.

Weather permitting.
Special opening on New Years day from  12:00-16:00

Well worth the £1 fare   (50p Concessions)

Dogs are very welcome providing they are accompanied by a well behaved owner!

Santa Specials

We will be open on 20/21st December

Please note that our opening times are as displayed here. Any additional openings will be added as they are arranged.

We are always pleased to accept school & special bookings at other times.
Please email us with your requirements and we will see what we can do.

Like to help ?

Would YOU like to help run the Tram, help with maintenance, serve in the Shop or look after the Museum?
There is always plenty to do with many varied tasks to suit all skills. So why not come along?

Email: info@shipleyglentramway.co.uk or ask us at the Tramway when we are open.

Please keep looking at this web site for further news.

What do maintenance crew do!! Click here to see!

What do our Volunteers do?

Want to find out more of the local area? Helen's Heritage Walks 'n' Talks

See our reviews on  

Shipley Glen Tramway is a Registered Charity number 1094288.

The tramway is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and all funds raised are spent on maintaining and improving the tramway.

Our thanks to Baildon Town Council for their support.
And our thanks to all our supporters that help to keep this piece of unique history running.

Just Giving

If you wish to offer any financial support towards our efforts please visit

Every penny will be made to count Over 54,000 visitors have ridden the Tramway since July 2011

Contact us by email:- info@shipleyglentramway.co.uk

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