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Seaton Tramway

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Address: Riverside Depot Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ, England
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+44 1297 20375
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Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton,...

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as "Devon's Most Rebellious Town" for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.The company originated at the Lancaster Electrical Company of Barnet, which manufactured battery electric vehicles. In 1949 its owner, Claude Lane, indulged his hobby by building a miniature 15” gauge tram, which he ran at garden fetes. This portable system enjoyed temporary homes at St Leonard’s and Rhyl before evolving onto the 2’ gauge Eastbourne Tramway.Many of the present trams were built at Eastbourne, but by the mid 1960’s the tramway’s success was outgrowing the mile line. Claude therefore began to look for alternative locations. In late 1969, Claude purchased the Seaton to Colyton section after the branchline had been closed by Dr Beeching in 1966 and, after a mammoth relocation from Eastbourne, the first section was opened in 1980. Since then the tramway has developed into one of Devon’s best loved attractions.New trams have been added to the fleet and the buildings have been much improved in order to meet the needs of the thousands of enthusiastic people who visit each year.

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A good way to be taken for a ride!

This proved to be a lovely way to spend an hour or two, travelling through beautiful wetlands with a variety of wildlife to be seen. Worth alighting along the way to take a closer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Wychbold, United Kingdom
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Wychbold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This proved to be a lovely way to spend an hour or two, travelling through beautiful wetlands with a variety of wildlife to be seen. Worth alighting along the way to take a closer view of the landscape.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We caught the tram at Colyton and rode on the top deck to Seaton which takes about 20 minutes. This attraction would not be suitable for wheelchair users as some of the trams have extremely high steps. The tram stops next to Tesco in Seaton

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tramway runs from Seaton to Colyton, a distance of three miles or so. The tramway has operated since 1970 and is being constantly improved and runs partly on the original track bed for the branch line axed by Beeching in the 1960's. It is possible to stop off at Colyford mid-way to Colyton and walk to the Wheelwrights pub... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kind and helpful staff, nice trams, nice cafe, good gift shop, excellent views and well worth a visit with the whole family.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Seaton Tramway recently during our winter stay in the area. We went from Seaton to Colyton and back again, the commentary was good and the tram was very comfortable. The ride was fun and interesting. We hope to ride again during the summer holidays.

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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyable experience, Friendly and well organised, Ideal for all ages plus disabled. Got off at the turn around, enjoyed some tea & cake Ideal time and caught the next tram back Well done Seaton

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Thank BellandBatman
Devon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rode on the Seaton Tramway from Colyton and visited the Seaton Jurassic the tram ride was interesting the drivers were very informative,polite a credit to the Tramway. We were in an enclosed tram and I must say it was not the warmest,so make sure you wrap up well ( could be very different in the summer) but I would recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly unusual little trams are tons of fun for a return trip to nowhere and back. There were lots of them and little waiting time.

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my ride on the Seaton Tramway especially when the tram goes alongside the Axmouth estuary.

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Seaton T, Di Moore Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review

No matter how many times you ride a tram, there is always something different to spot. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Myself & my wife went on the Seaton Tramway during the holidays, although we both live locally this was the first time we had been on the Tram. We started at Seaton and went along side the Seaton Wetlands. The veiw from the top of the tram was good. We had a drink at Colyton station and rode back to... More 

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Seaton T, Di Moore Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review

Welcome to Seaton Tramway and we hope you will return again soon. More 

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