A scenic trip on an historic attraction. 120 years old & still going strong.

Saturday 21st November. Three of Santa's deer were seen on the tramway, we think they were pathfinders checking out the surrondings ready to bring their full compliment and Santa.

It is really most unusual to see three deer at a time on the track. Went to photograph them but they were to quick.

We have had our first discussion with Santa and we are delighted that once again he is coming to the Tramway.

He said that coming to Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the best place to see him. "The children are really nice and polite. It is my favourite place. Look forward to seeing you".
5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th December. 11:00 - 16:30
(No booking needed. The wait is normally no more than 20min, but this of course depends on numbers).

Family passes

The 2016 Family passes are now available. We know that these make a very acceptable Xmas gifts which are appreciated throughout the whole year.
To find out more and to download an application form click here.

Please note that family passes are valid until the end of the year BUT NOT FOR SANTA SPECIALS.
They are of course valid for up & down travel as usual during the christmas period.

The Tram Shop has just had a "make-over", but no fear, all your favourites are still there!


I think you will agree the shop now looks a lot brighter and cleaner with its new counter-tops & shelves.
Come along and have a look.

Our thanks go to Stephen Smith's Nursery for donating the plants which are to brightening up our entrance path.

See our latest photographs

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

Special "Santa Specials" report 2014. click here

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 2015" this is indeed an Honour and makes the hard work all the more satisfying.

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!

Saturdays & Sundays 12:00-16:30.

(Subject to operational safety)

Well worth the £1 fare   (50p Concessions)

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

Please note that our public 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

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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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