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“Decent way to spend a couple of hours in Seaton”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My family and I spent the morning travelling on the tramway.
Our 2-year old enjoyed spotting wildlife and other sights from the top deck, and the drivers of the tramway couldn't have been nicer and more helpful.
The only shame of it is that the stops of the tramway are not events in themselves, as there appeared to be little to do. Had we known this I am not sure we would have committed a morning of our short break to this activity.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We took the tram from Seaton to Colyton recently with 2 young children. We all enjoyed it although it gets a bit windy if you're sitting on the top so take a coat or a blanket if it's not a really hot day. The route is just the right length to keep little ones entertained but not too long that they get fidgety. Colyton is a pretty stop with a shop and cafe. There are dozens of different trams and you get to see a few as you pass them. Perfect for little train spotters!

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Well spotted - 12 trams to travel on and we try to use the historic trams as much as possible to give our visitors plenty of choice. Thank you

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a great trip.As the driver said....'those of you in the fully air conditioned seats,don't dangle anything over the side!'Completely open-topped,with wooden seats it was like going back in time.It was a lovely sunny day when we went on the tram and everyone was sitting on the top deck.A very gentle trundle along the estuary for about four miles,looking at the wading birds and sunbathing rabbits to the terminus,where there was an 'Antiques Centre' to look around,or you could walk into the nearby village.Trams were every half an hour.....we had a cup of tea in the café-cum-restaurant and there was also a large gift shop selling the ususal mementos and tourist bits and pieces.Children would love this trip too as its not too long.Everyone we came across was friendly and welcoming .Worth a visit.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us, thank you

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We found this a disappointing trip as the tram was old, very noisy & quite uncomfortable.
Cafe expensive and food served not good quality. expected more history information at terminus but none available.
Enjoyed exploring the Antiques Barn

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit to Seaton Tramway. We welcome all comments and are disappointed that your visit was not all you hoped for. We operate both modern and historic trams throughout the day and we agree that while the older trams are more interesting and unique, the wooden seats can be a little hard to sit on. Blankets are available at the start of the journey if you are feeling chilly or would appreciate something a bit softer to sit on, please just ask. The driver's give a short talk before the journey commences which includes interesting facts about the tramway . Thank you for pointing out that you did not hear that information and we shall certainly remind all our drivers of your experience.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our second visit to this tramway - and we'll be back again.

Pick a fine day and ride on the top deck for a grandstand view of the wild bird life both on the estuary and in the fields. Cafe and shop at the far end.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

We agree, spotting birds from the tram can be so enjoyable and of course different species come and go depending on the season. A bird spotting leaflet is available free of charge at either Seaton or Colyton to help identify some of our more unusual feathered friends. We also operate bird watching trips throughout the year, with a local bird expert, details are on our website or please phone 01297 20375 for more information.

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