We are now opening Saturdays & Sundays (volunteers & weather permitting).
2012 was a bumper year for the tramway, with our visitor numbers rising from 9,012 in 2011 to an amazing 16,187 in 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 (particularly as it is cheaper to ride now than when it was originally built).
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 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 and Pub within reach as well as the Brackenhall Countryside Centre plus 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.
The Tramway is open most Sunday afternoons throughout the year. As well as rides on the open trams, there is a small souvenir shop at the top selling sweets plus a replica Edwardian shop at the bottom displaying nostalgia.
The museum at the bottom station displays photos and memorabilia of the tramway and Shipley Glen along with words, pictures and memories of the tramway and Shipley Glen in a display named 'The Ride of Life' The museum opens when the tramway is open and entry is free of charge.
Our prices have come down because 1d in 1895 is equivalent to £1.10 today.
So we now offer even better value for money!
Subject to the availability of volunteers we are now open:
Saturday and Sunday afternoons in 2013
Noon to about 4.15pm Weather permitting.
Well worth the £1 fare
Bank holiday Specials
Saturday 25th May, Sunday 26th May & Monday 27th May.
Check back regularly for details of our "Specials".
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: email@example.com or ask us at the Tramway when we are open.
Please keep looking at this web site for further news.
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