Heritage Locations

Saltburn Station and Hotel

Station with fine porte cochere and adjacent railway hotel


Period of construction:
1850 - 1899

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

Saltburn Square, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1AQ


Nearest Town:

Heritage Centre:

The town of Saltburn was the creation of some of the directors of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, led by Henry Pease. The railway also contributed and funded some speculative house building.

The station was opened by the Stockton and Darlington Railway as the terminus of their line from Redcar on 17 August 1861. Eleven years later, the North Eastern Railway opened a line towards Brotton (the Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway) from the town, but this diverged from the original route some 400 m west of the station in order to avoid excessively steep gradients further east. This meant the passenger trains from the town to Loftus and Whitby that started in 1875 had to reverse into and out of the terminus before regaining the correct direction at Saltburn West Junction.

In its heyday, the station had four platforms and a large number of carriage sidings to handle the large number of excursion trains that ran there - these included services from as far away as Leeds and Blackpool. There was also a short extension (approximately 270 m) to another platform at the rear of the railway-owned Zetland Hotel where passengers in first class carriages could disembark directly into their accommodation.

William Peacey's station building was in pale yellow brick and was single storey. Its chief virtue was an extremely fine porte cochere in the form of triple arches. It was completed in 1862.

The Zetland Hotel next door, an impressive three storey edifice, was also designed by Peachey and was completed in 1863. Placed behind a balustrade on a podium it was a grand sight. It was characterised by a bow fronted entrance topped by a round tower.

The hotel is now split up into apartments, and the station is a retail park , but both have been sympathetically conserved. Both are listed Grade II. (See also Saltburn Cliff Railway)


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Opening Times:
Permanently visible - the hotel is privately occupied but the station is accessible as a retail park

How To Find:

By road: Off A174


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