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Seaton Tramway

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Address: Harbour Road, Seaton, England
Phone Number: 01297 20375
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Description: 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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This is a beautiful place to visit the tram ride is great for all the family and the food at the buffet at Colyton is nice and reasonably priced. Parking is plenty but if you look... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to visit the tram ride is great for all the family and the food at the buffet at Colyton is nice and reasonably priced. Parking is plenty but if you look for the co-op there is a car park that is really cheap and I do mean really cheap

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The tramway is an excellent way of spending a couple of hours or make it an all day trip. The staff are friendly and helpful, you can tell they are all enthusiasts, giving advice on what to see and do. Take your trip on the top deck as you will see a lot more, but you do need good weather.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I was treated to a day's driving at the tramway. While not a cheap day out (half-days are available) I'd recommend this to anyone who's fancied doing something more than just ride on a heritage line and doesn't fancy shovelling coal and getting up early! Highlights were many. The company of the driver and his stories of the line. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

As a tram enthusiast, I couldn't possibly visit Seaton without taking a ride on the tram along the three mile track to Collyton. It's a lovely journey, with the river Axe on one side and a nature reserve on the other, so there is lovely scenery and wildlife to please the eye. By far the best way to travel is... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Seaton Tramway wasn't on our itinerary... we we en route home from Paignton to Bournemouth, but with the kids getting ever more frustrated in the back of the car it was a useful stopping point. As I'm starting this review, I'm struggling. Not with what to write as such, but what to review it "as", as there isn't really anything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Was a very nice experience second year running nice cafe with nice food will be coming again next year

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Took a ride on this miniature tramway in April - although it was a lovely sunny day the wind chill on top of the tram was awful; and I was wearing a good quality fleece & substantial waterproof coat with the hood up! The ride through the nature reserve is delightful & we had great fun bird & wildlife spotting.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Knew about the tramway having been to Seaton before but at the time the tramway was not running, so decided to make an effort to visit when it was ,,we went to Colyton and caught the tram from there to Seaton what a lovely run down the Axe estuary and great chance to see various wading birds certainly a nice... More 

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

Well said! with our extremely changeable weather it is always a good idea to come prepared for anything, and thank you for pointing that out. More 

Devon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Having to use a crutch at present , I was grateful to the helpful staff who positioned a step to enable me to step into the carriage. We enjoyed the ride and once out the Seaton 'building site' enjoyed the views of both the estuary and wetlands on the round trip. We have been before as we are local and... More 

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

We pride ourselves on the friendliness of our staff and thank you for making a note of it. We are delighted that you are such regular visitors, there is always something different to spot isn't there? More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited over Easter with my son aged 9. We travelled up and down for most of the day as my son insisted we travel on every tram working that day! On our last journey back to Seaton the tram in front had a mishap on the crossing so as a result we had to wait on ours until line was... More 

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

We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to welcoming you back for the ever popular Halloween Specials. More 

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