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Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Seaton
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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.
Honiton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This tramway is a National treasure. Lots of trams to see, a busy schedule and popular with all generations. A 'must visit' if you are in the area.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Jim R
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Something for all the family”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Visited during half term holiday. Nice day out for the whole family. If you arrive by car, park at the Colyton end of the line at the station - free parking, otherwise in Seaton you will have to pay.

Arrive early to catch the tram, so you can be sure of a seat on the upper deck to make the most of the views.

Good stop off at Colyford for refreshments at local pub, serving hot and cold food.

Nice cafe in station at Colyton and useful gift shop.

Not to be missed if staying in the area.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank JPSLittleAston
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Wareham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Brilliant for all”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This was our third visit this year my son loves the tramway, sadly since we were last here they have built the monstrosity that is 'tesco' what a sight! Beyond tesco past the depot is completely seperate world it was lovely, the drivers were interesting, enthusiastic, and made the trip very enjoyable, the teams never lose there magic, it was worth every penny, very good value for money.

1 Thank alw772004
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Chesham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This was an enjoyable trip up and down the track passing wonderful scenery and wildlife. Friendly and helpful staff.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank LouR48
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Brixham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Take your binoculars”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

It's worth seeking out the Colyton end of the line as parking is free and the tea room is good
The staff were helpful and friendly and the whole place is family orientated. The track runs through some super wetland nature areas and I'd like to return to seek out access to the bird hides. A treat for tram anoraks and very worthwhile for anyone
Also the nearby Antiques centre is a good place to have a browse round; not only antiques, bygones and collectectables. Whilst we were there one of our party bought an axe for chopping logs to feed a wood burning stove and another a fork for lifting onions. Treasure trove indeed .... for them. Allow time to wander round Seaton, there's much more to it than a slightly depressed seaside resort.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Col-Hathi
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