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Living in Saltburn-by-the-Sea: the local area guide

A seaside resort in Yorkshire might not be something that many people would expect, let alone one with some of the best surfing on the coast or a pier. Yet, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a former mining outpost that retained its Victorian charm and architecture, is just that resort.

The town was developed extensively in the 1800s by the Pease family, prominent Quaker industrialists and investors, who developed the older town on the site into the more modern iteration that exists today. The pier, built in 1867, is the last pier in Yorkshire, and the locals are determined to prevent it becoming a memory like the others. Saltburn is also famed for Teddy Nook, a beautiful cottage built in 1862, and the site of a famous affair conducted by Lillie Langtry, the storied actress and beauty, with Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Its Italian Gardens are exquisitely maintained, as is the Saltburn Cliff lift, one of the world’s oldest funicular lifts, having been erected in the year of 1884.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea has always been a town that values work, as proven with its industrial history and the level of maintenance carried out on the vestiges of that history, as well as the buildings and facades protected and cared for throughout the town. Saltburn is a town that refuses to accept anything less than its own beauty; in its buildings, in its surfing, in its town, and, most importantly, in its pier.


The town is populated near exclusively by inhabitants of English descent; with many of those same inhabitants having been born near the town and raised there their entire lives. The population is somewhat older than the majority of England, with an average age of 46, contrary to the national average of 40, however, this more reflects the town's quiet nature than it being a place for retirement.

Indeed, a full quarter of the town's working inhabitants work in a professional capacity. The direct links to nearby cities and larger towns, such as the train line to Middlesbrough, allows residents to take advantage of the ocean air and antique homes, while all the time working in larger commercial hubs.


The town is host to two schools, the Saltburn Primary School and the Huntcliff School. Both institutes take up residence on the same campus, known as the Saltburn Learning Campus, though maintain their separate identities and are independently administered. Despite that, the schools maintain strong ties, with much cooperation between them and many students graduating from the Primary school simply joining Huntcliff that following school term.

The nearby town of Freebrough, a short ten-minute drive or bus away, is home to the closest 6th form college, having been an Academy for several years now and offering education from the age of 11 until 18.


The A714 circles around the town, connecting it to the nearby A171 and the larger motorway system. Taxi hire and mini bus services are available within the town, as are several bus and coach services. The closest international airport is the Durham Tees Valley Airport, located approximately 35 minutes away on the other side of Middlesbrough. The train station found in Saltburn runs to the town of Middlesbrough, as well as Darlington and Bishop Auckland, with the station lying on the Northern Rail Line.

Amenities and shopping

Shopping isn’t something that Saltburn is known for though the town possesses all the stores you would expect from a modern town. Supermarkets, delis, an antique shop, a wine merchant, and even a yarn merchant can be found in the town.

For more typical High Street shopping, you should make your way into nearby Middlesbrough, which is home to a variety of top flight shopping centres and stores, with Topshop, Monsoon and Primark all having a presence there.

Nearby, the town hosts a golf course built by famed golf course designer James Baird, as well as several stately homes and gardens which are often open to the public.

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