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“great little ride”
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.
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“great little ride”
Reviewed 24 October 2011

Has to be done , open air tram in the country to the sea

Visited September 2011
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“IDEAL FOR FAMILIES”
Reviewed 21 September 2011

If you are in Seaton this is a must for families. Children will love travelling on the electric tramway from Seaton to Colyton and returning after exploring the Colyton. Birdwatchers will be amazed at the feeding birds along the estuary. Something for everyone.

Visited August 2011
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Stourbridge UK
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“Brilliant!”
Reviewed 6 September 2011

Visited the Seaton Tramway twice before by coach but a much better experience when staying there. Tramway is very professionally run and the journey is very interesting - bracing even! Its a snapshot of a bygone age.

Visited September 2011
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Bournemouth
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“Excellent Day Out with Beautiful Scenery”
Reviewed 27 August 2011

We had a day out at Seaton, spent several hours on the Seaton Tram, excellent value for money. The crews on the trams are very polished and informative, keep you up to date as to what is on view as you travel up and down the Axe Valley.Would recommend this for all ages a bit of British History still functioning, with tender loving care. Thank you all at Seaton Tramway for an excellent day out, will return next summer

Visited August 2011
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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“Terrific nostalgic fun made our day!”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

Trams run by enthusiasts whose passion was certainly infectious. Great experience.

Visited August 2011
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