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“Lovely ride down the Estuary”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 27 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 October 10, 2013

We have been meaning to go on the tram for ages and finally did it in August. It is a lovely ride along the Axe Estuary and great if you are into bird watching with many different ones wading around. The cafe station at Colyton at the end of the line is very pleasant with good food and friendly staff.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

We are pleased you had an enjoyable visit.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

£6.30 for a single trip is an outrageous mickey take. There were four of us pensioners and £25.20 is a sum we find difficult to justify. Never again. These boys must have taken lessons from first great Western!

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Your comments have been noted; we welcome all feedback both the good and the bad and points raised are taken into account when deciding our future pricing policy, so although we haven't been your cup of tea this year, we thank you for making your grievances known to us.

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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.

1  Thank BJCHarpenden
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 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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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

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 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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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!

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

We are delighted that you had a great day out with us.

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