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Seaton Tramway

Riverside Depot Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ, England
+44 1297 20375
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Fantastic afternoon

Went into the tramway on the way home from holiday, arrived at main car park and had to wait for a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Barry K
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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Children and Retired People

This is definitely an attraction for retired people or those with young children. We were glad we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Happy2Travel3
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Leicestershire
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“top deck” (114 reviews)
“colyton station” (88 reviews)
“day ticket” (31 reviews)
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Riverside Depot Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ, England
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+44 1297 20375
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went into the tramway on the way home from holiday, arrived at main car park and had to wait for a bus transfer (could of been mentioned on website with a little one to feed) but once arrived was great to see the shed house...More

Thank Barry K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is definitely an attraction for retired people or those with young children. We were glad we didn't take our 19 year old son. I'm sure for a tram enthusiast the tour would have been riveting but for most people I would guess it is...More

Thank Happy2Travel3
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My Dad took me on the tramway as he'd enjoyed going on it a few years ago. We had a wonderful time, a great fun experience, made all the better by the staff who were welcoming, informative and extremely helpful. We created great memories.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called here in order to try something different and had a great little trip out. Small talk on history of trams in the shed before we started on our way plus the obligatory safety statement to travellers on the tram.

Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came some years ago and returned at Easter to find the same enthusiasm from the volunteers who run the tramway. We always go inland to Colyton at the top of the line and ride down to Seaton spend time on and around the beach and...More

Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the tramway with my wife and daughter, and we all agreed it was the highlight of our three days in Devon. It was a bit chilly but well worth riding on the open top tram - at least in one direction.

Thank barrytravel99
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked online the night before to save £1 per person. It’s still a little pricey but we enjoyed our trip down from Colyton to Seaton. Only needed three tickets as our daughter is under three but when you arrive at the station they need...More

Thank Taz_fan_78
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled on the dinosaur special with 4 yr old son and it was really well done. He had a great time, particularly enjoyed spotting the dinosaurs, digging for fossils and holding a snake. Staff were wonderful. Good value for money.

Thank Froggle13
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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your ride aboard the Dinosaur Tram, we are glad to read your recommendation and how brave your boy is to hold a real life snake!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new terminus is yet to open and still under construction but don't let that put you off as there is a free bus to the depot. Frequent departures and despite the imminent showers we travelled on the open top tram and had great views...More

Thank Mic L
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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recommendation and we are all looking forward to the new station at Seaton, due to open this spring.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the tram from Colyford to Seaton on Easter Sunday. There was a tram waiting in the station when we arrived. We were going to board but the attendant assumed that my son-in-law, who uses a wheelchair, wouldn’t be able to board the tram...More

Thank Wendy F
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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am happy that overall you had a pleasant visit to Seaton Tramway and we thank you for awarding us a 'very good' review, despite the issue you mentioned in your feedback, which is currently being investigated. Listening and learning from our visitors is at...More

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campingmum99
22 August 2017|
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Response from Seaton T | Property representative |
Prams and Pushchairs are allowed on board our trams. If they can collapse they can be kept downstairs during travel. If they are required to stay up, they can board our accessible trams which usually run at least once an... More
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Dave C
12 March 2017|
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Response from Fabiano V | Reviewed this property |
Hi, copy this link on Google - Timetable & Events | Seaton Tramway, Devon and look on yellow timetable for this month Good Luck Fab.
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chris g
31 August 2016|
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Response from BarryPalmer | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in answering, the trams are 3/4 size and made especially for the narrow gauge; therefore are a little narrower than normal trams. All the seats are hard seated and access to the upstairs is a little... More
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