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“Brilliant views from the top deck.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 23 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.
Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Brilliant views from the top deck.”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We caught the tram from Colyford and travelled to Seaton through a nature reserve. It was almost like being a child again! The journey takes about 25 mins but for a day traveller ticket of £9 each, you can go backwards and forwards all day. There are blankets in boxes to wrap around your legs if you feel the cold, as the seats are mainly outside in these old trams. The journeys are enhanced by the conductor/ drivers who get off to talk about the surrounding countryside. I thoroughly recommend this attraction.

Visited April 2013
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carshalton surrey
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“Back in Time.”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Great place to visit.Nice shop and cafe.Trams stop at new Tesco where you can go shopping and return later.
Felt nostalgic as went to school on a tram.

Visited April 2013
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Ellenton, Florida
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“A true Heritage Day.”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

So amazing to find this wonderful tram system in full operation. So many different tram types so you may well end up making more than one trip!! Great café and book/gift shop too. If you are in the area of Seaton then don't miss it. You will regret it you do!

Visited March 2013
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Dorset UK
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“Chilly April day - fun on the tracks”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Cold windy day and with 5 minutes to go before the tram departure, their was just 5 (plus one dog) waiting for the next tram departure. 2 minutes before departure and their was 15 of us!
The trams are not the size of the big Blackpool trams - I would guess each holds approx 32 seated passengers. Their are wheelchair sections on each of the double decker trams! The clickety clackety ride up the line to Colyton runs next to the river axe as well as the nature reserve - great spots with hides for bird watching. In fact the tramway have specific departures /dates for bird watching. The ride takes approx 20 mins with winter departures every 30 mins - summer departures far more frequent. the station at Colyton has a large gift shop as well as a cafe serving snacks and meals. Their is also free parking at this station.
The 2013 round trip fare is £9 per adult. My advice is buy a special £10 life card, and then you can travel with 1/3rd off the ticket price and any passengers with you. Check website for information on this offer first. Www.tram.co.uk

Visited April 2013
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“A delightful day out.”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Went to visit Sidmouth then on to Seaton for a trip on the trams,what a lovely day out! Some of the trams are originals and are beautifully restored.The price of the trip was fairly expensive at £9.00 but worth it as the trip takes you all along the estuary where you see lots of sea birds and wild life.The spring flowers were everywhere and the banks were covered in primroses.At the end of the track there is the most delightful station where I had a pot of tea with home made apple pie and clotted Devon cream delicious ! There is also a small station shop selling wildlife and bird books etc .The only tip I would advise is to wrap up warm if you sit on the open top tram as even on a sunny spring day it can be quite breezy!

Visited April 2013
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