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“At long last a real treat!”
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 November 12, 2013

At long last I had the opportunity to ride on the Tramway during a recent visit to the area. We were a mixed group on the No 12 from ages 2 - 62(+). It was a sunny day, if slightly windy, and we sat upstairs.

The youngest sat at the front and pretended to drive the tram, loved the wild rabbits and enjoyed the playground at Colyton; we ladies drooled over the abundance of sloes and blackberries on top of bushes and mushrooms in the fields and the men relaxed and enjoyed the Axe valley and the sounds of oystercatcher and curlew.

Dave the driver gave us history and amusing banter; we were restricted because of the youngster but at another time we may have alighted at Colyford or Colyton and taken a stroll, catching another tram. We probably needed it after those delicious cakes and scones at Colyton Station!

Seatonbound, we waved to the police car at the road crossing and the birdwatchers in their hide, all of whom kindly waved back at us!

So very enjoyable and so relaxing: I'm glad I got there at last.

3  Thank FiggettyPooden
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

What a lovely review, we are ever so pleased to have provided such pleasant memories for you.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Had a lovely time on the tram trundling along the line at a slow relaxing speed. Weather was dry so we went up on the top deck with a very good view. Very well preserved trams takes you back in time. Got off at a little station where you could have something to eat, although we didn't. People were sitting and eating outside. Well worth a visit. You can buy a ticket and go on the trams as many times as you like on that day.

1  Thank Bobbie554
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

It's a tram ride, pure and simple.

We sat on the open top deck and had a very blustery ride. Children (4 and 6), really enjoyed it, especially sitting at the front and pretending to drive.

Unfortunately there is little to do at either end although very handy for Tesco as the Seaton tram stop is right outside!

2  Thank Thingy H
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Good value explorer tickets give the opportunity to travel on different trams all day long but if you want to explore the area away from the tram stations there is a Tourist Information Centre close to Seaton Terminus with lots of ideas of what to do and where to go - subject to their opening hours.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

As usual a fantastic day out for adults and children alike. Weather does not affect this wonderful attraction as "closed" trams are used on wet days. Nothing is a soothing as travelling up and down on the line with lots of things for chlildren to look out for and tram spotting to keep them occupied. Staff are always helpful and knowledgeable and on hand for any questions.

Would recommend to anyone wanting to step back in time for the day.

2  Thank Val J
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind observations.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Went on a family trip with our young daughters (2 and 4) and they enjoyed the open top ride and spotting the wildlife; almost as much as the tram being pink!

2  Thank Colin C
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write us up and you probably won't be surprised to hear that the pink tram is our most popular tram.

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