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“While away a few hours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Harbour Road, Seaton, England
01297 20375
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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“While away a few hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A very well run traditional tramway that winds it's way along the estuary to Colytan. We alighted for coffee and delicious homemade cake whilst waiting for the return tram to Seaton.
The very enthusiastic volunteers who run it offered us blankets as it was so cold and made the journey very enjoyable with their banter.

The stations at both Seaton and Colyton are very neat and tidy although the huge neighbouring Tesco's in Seaton and the unwelcoming town centre as you come into the station would probably not draw you in to explore further.

A great way to pass a couple of hours especially if you are a bird lover and the tide is out, when you will see numerous breeds of birds as they feed on the exposed riverbanks.

Visited February 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts and we are pleased you had a nice trip out.
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“Hazel's Re - Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Disliked the rain. Love the Jurassic Coast it is so beautiful and rugged, visited Beer caves and the lovely fishing village, Exeter, Sidmouth, Seaton, lovely Lyme Regis, Weymouth. Amazing Knightshades, fabulous grounds. Restraunts: the Colcombe Castle where a good group plays Friday nights, The Ship and The Harbour at Axmouth, Fridays fish restraint at Seaton

Visited September 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
You're quite right, the Jurassic Coast is a beautiful part of the country, with lots to see and do whatever the weather!
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Hemel Hempstead
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“Seaton Tramway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great day out. Get an explorer ticket and you can go up and down all day long. The kids loved the trail, finding all the things at the station. Good old fashioned fun!

Visited August 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
We are delighted that you had a great day out with us.
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Seaford, United Kingdom
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“Coach group”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is perfect. 50yds from the coach park. Your "own" tram if you book and its not a lot of dough. £7.50 return (group discount, OAP) for the half hour up there. wait an hour and come back. through the wetland bird sanctuary. My passengers loved it. staff are brilliant and a nice cafe at the top. Proper wrinkly afternoon out.

Visited October 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for pointing out what a good day out we are, and all you coach drivers out there, if you are thinking of somewhere different to bring your passengers phone in advance for details of our COACH DRIVER BENEFITS - we'll make it worth your while!
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“Trams and sights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Brilliant trams and brilliant views down the axe estuary. I highly reccomend a trip on this unique attraction. Staff friendly and informative.

Visited September 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for such a complimentary write up, we are pleased you had a good time.
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