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Seaton Tramway

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Address: Harbour Road, Seaton, England
Phone Number: 01297 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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I have been to the Colyton restaurant a number of time and enjoyed cream teas and cake but they were wonderful for our recent wedding. The garden room was beautifully arranged and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been to the Colyton restaurant a number of time and enjoyed cream teas and cake but they were wonderful for our recent wedding. The garden room was beautifully arranged and the food was amazing. the staff couldn't have done more for us and truly amde the occasion amazing.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were told by locals that this tram ride was open all the time. When we turned up on Tuesday 2/2/16, we paid £3 for the car park only to be told it is seasonal ... as with sp many others places we wanted to go to in Lyme.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Travelling to Seaton on tramway l enjoyed a picturesque view most of the way even with a little rain. Arriving at Seaton found the very large caravan site had gone and flats where being built and a large Tesco had appeared. I spent 2 hours exploring old haunts and found it a nice place to be before returning to Exmouth.... More 

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to be able to travel back in time and see the workshop and historical trams whilst listening to enthusiasts telling us the history before we climbed aboard for a trip of a lifetime through the bird sanctuary and thatched cottage villages. The restaurant at journeys end serve very nice meals as well.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Living locally we have membership at the Tramway. I use it as transport, my partner loves walking but I'm not qiote so mobile. So I can meet them at Colyford or Colyton allowing them a longer walk. I just love the views across the Axe and the Seatin Marshes, views of the birdlife are brilliant. The wildlife is not phased... More 

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Seaton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Had a great day out with 3 grand children using the explorer ticket, scenery is lovely, trams are individual and unique. Excellent value for money. Worth a walk around Colyton when you get to the other end before your trip back to seaton. Would recommend when it isnt to windy if you are sitting on the top deck as it... More 

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

Thank you for pointing out the good value of an Explorer ticket; we are pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us and a Happy New Year to you. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Amazing experience for all the family.... The actors were fantastic and made this 'the best night ever' according to my 6 year old son. It was magical, entertaining and full of giggles. Will be booking again next year.

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed The Polar Express event and look forward to welcoming you back this Christmas. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

A magical experience , so well done as near to the original story as possible . My grandson enjoyed it as much as my daughter & myself . Worth every penny! Susan

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

Thank you for your feedback. More 

Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

My husband and I took my 6 year old twin girls on the Polar Express tram ride on Christmas Eve and it was amazing!! The staff were so enthusiastic and made the trip magical and my girls loved it!! So did I!! The meeting with Father Christmas was very special and the silver bell they were both given was so... More 

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

We really appreciate you taking the time to write about your visit. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Loved our trip this evening, a magical reenactment of the Polar Express story. The conductor and chefs deserve a special mention for their enthusiasm. We enjoyed it right from the start, with a great build up to embarking on our journey. Hot chocolate and cookies en route to 'the North Pole', and singing on the way back. The gift of... More 

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

We are delighted you enjoyed The Polar Express visit. More 

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