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Seaton Tramway

Harbour Road, Seaton, England
01297 20375
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams
Owner description: Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Peacehaven, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride on the tramway and the views along the Axe estuary, we enjoyed a cream tea on Colyton station and had a walk in to the village which takes about 20 mins. The tram drivers are great fun and obviously enjoy their work! Warning though, if you are on the large size some of the trams... More

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Llanddeusant, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We visited this time from the Colyton side just to browse but having been many times before it is still interesting.

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Hampshire UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Nostalgic ride on a tramway. Pleasant gentle journey with good views from the top of the tram. Good for twitchers as many birds can be seen in the river eastuary and nature reserve on the way. At the end is a short walk into Colyton or stay at the station for a nice cafe. If you are walking into Colyton... More

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Broadwas, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the experience, free but limited parking at Colyton. Great gift shop & refreshments that end too. Drivers know a lot about the area which is interesting and we spent the week waving at the trams everytime we saw one!! Thought £30 for family of four was a bit on the steep side.

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Malaysia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We took the bus from Exeter to Seaton, then the tram to Colyton. The tram takes about 25 mins, along the beautiful Axe river estuary. Its a really great location to see wading birds and the tram offers bird watching trips from time to time. The village of Colyton is about a 20 minute walk from the tramway station, but... More

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Huddersfield
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

In our youth, trams were everywhere. A ride on the Seaton Tramway, with its sounds and clicking and clanging, took us back in time. We started our journies at the Colyton end ---- park your car for free, well worth it. Colyton Station is a beautiful place with a good shop, cafe and plenty of picnic seating in nice weather.... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Went for a ride on the tramway. It was a lovely little ride. You got to see a bit of the country side. Once you got to the other end, we had a little stop at the old station for a drink. Then we got back on the tram for the ride back.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed the tramway journey along the Axe Valley on a lovely sunny afternoon.There was an abundance of wildlife and birds to be seen and we were lucky enough to catch sight of a Kingfisher in full flight.It is a pity the ticket price is so expensive at £10 with no concessions

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Hampshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We made a special trip out to Seaton to ride the tram and weren't disappointed. The journey doesn't take that long and once you get past Tesco you are in a beautiful nature reserve, if you are a bird spotter this is a perfect journey for you, especially if the tide is out in the estuary. At the terminus at... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We took my grandson on the tram. It was lovely. He really enjoyed it. The driver was very knowledgeable about the wildlife as well. Had a lovely cream tea at colyton station.

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