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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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A great attraction. Loved the history of each tram and the humorous commentary from one of the tram drivers. My husband and I stayed in Colyford and decided to ditch the car one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

A great attraction. Loved the history of each tram and the humorous commentary from one of the tram drivers. My husband and I stayed in Colyford and decided to ditch the car one day in preference for the tram. We did the entire circuit getting off in Seaton and Colyford. We were able to explore Seaton before walking to the... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Quite expensive for a 25 minute ride on a tram! We paid £40 for 2 children, 2 adults and 1 concession. We enjoyed the walk to Colyton town centre and the children spent some money in the gift shop on the way back.

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Suffolk, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Lovely trip out on an old tramway with great views of the countryside. We used the cafe at the tram stop the cakes were lovely. Would recommend to all ages its a good experience

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Longfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is the second time I have been on the Seaton Tramway and what a lovely way to travel. We had a day ticket and went from Colyton to Seaton and back. The trams are so colourful and the excitement starts at the station when your tram is coming in. Peoples faces say it all and the staff are so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We holidayed regularly in Seaton as our children were growing up. It's such a pleasure to ride on the top deck and stop off at Colyton for tea and then resume the trip back to Seaton. It's a squeeze getting up and down, but that's half the fun. Our daughter is planning to take her two boys there this summer.

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Willington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The experience of travelling on the tramway was something a little different from the norm. We sat on the top deck which was open, and the sun shone to Colyford and back, although I would recommend taking an extra layer as it got a little breezy upper deck. Views of the countryside and wildlife made the journey very pleasant, and... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Seaton Tramway a while ago but what a great day out. We purchased our day ticket and we also had a dog which was allowed on the Trams - on the lower deck. It was a great experience and loved the journey along the river watching all the wildlife. We stopped at Colyton and had a coffee and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Feels like you have gone back in time. You can get off for a drink or bite to eat. Lots of wildlife to see. Friendly staff. A little bit on the high side for tickets as we had 3 adults & children over 15 charged adult rate (should be 18) but we enjoyed it.

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Spilsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Start from the former railway station at Colyton - about half a mile from the town centre - which has free parking. An electric tram takes you the three miles to the town of Seaton. The route goes through the Seaton Marshes nature reserve, and we spotted a number of interesting birds such as oyster catchers. You can then ride... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We enjoyed this and manged to get a seat on the upper deck at the front and got some good pictures. We found it interesting to imagine what it must have been like to use these trams on a regular, daily basis - going back and forth to work etc. We parked at Seaton and went to Colyton and returned.... More 

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