Occupying a fine position on the coast between the valleys of the Tees and the Esk and backed by the Cleveland Hills Saltburn by the Sea has been aptly called "the hidden gem of the North." It is not  he best known nor most visited yet this small seaside town seduces all those who discover its charms. Until the mid 19th century Saltburn consisted merely of a cluster of dilapidated cottages by the shore 'with quaint villagers engaged in fishing and seal catching, but mainly smuggling.' The 1860’s saw the creation of the new town which flourished in its early days and by 1870 Saltburn was a fashionable resort rivalling other well known Victorian watering places such as Harrogate and Bath. In many ways it has remained the most perfect of Victorian resorts, complete with pier, cliff tramway, miniature railway, sandy shore and leafy woodland gardens, the whole rounded off by majestic views as the cliffs tower away to the east.

A brief history:

The resort of Saltburn by the Sea was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur Henry Pease and the legacy of his vision is the Station complex, Zetland Hotel, Pier, Cliff Lift and Valley Gardens as well as the so called "jewel streets" along the sea front. Today Saltburn's Victorian heritage is brilliantly preserved whilst modern Saltburn presents an excellent surfing beach. The family run Spa Hotel occupies a prime location boasting unrivalled panoramic views of Hunt Cliff, the North Sea and beautiful surrounding countryside. 

It was originally intended that the towns Assembly Rooms should be erected on the corner of Milton Street and Britannia Terrace ( now Marine Parade) next to the Zetland Hotel. However lack of funding meant that this didn't happen. 

The Assembly Rooms (the building now known as The Spa Hotel) were eventually built in 1884 by a Mr T.D. Ridley of Coatham to a design by Alfred Waterhouse of London and was considered as one of the finest buildings of its kind.