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“Great tourist attraction”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #3 of 30 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.
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Four of us visited the tramway whilst on holidays in Seaton. Great value at £10 return.
At the moment the tramway is in the process of building a new station at Seaton so it may be worth your while starting your journey at the other end of the line in the village of Colyton where there is ample free parking and a lovely station. Trams are frequent and the journey takes you through the wetlands with the opportunity to see numerous bird species before arriving at the temporary terminus at the tram depot. At the moment there is a shuttle bus that will take you into Seaton.
You can have a short guided tour of the depot itself. The staff on this attraction are friendly and provide a commentary on the tram rides. You can get off at the middle stop in Colyford before continuing onto Seaton. Trams consist of single decker enclosed trams or double deck open top trams. It is worth travelling at least one way on the open top trams for the views afforded.
A great way to spend some time seeing the Ax valley

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

What an interesting article, thank you for taking the time to write.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The Tramway offers a unique way to travel along the Ax estuary, every trip is different, depending on weather, tide and season, always something else to see, from bird life to the natural history of the area - well worth a visit.

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you for your recommendation.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I have been riding on this tram all of my life and still love it so much. Recently I have been taking my little ones who adores riding up top when the weather is good. We often get off at the stops and explore

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

It's lovely to hear from such a regular visitor and we are delighted you are introducing us to the next generation.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Always wanted to ride on this tramway , and at long last we did .
What a delightful ride , loved the old and new trams . Tea rooms were lovely and clean in the old station at the other end of the line . Also a great antique shop opposite the station, worth a visit too.

Just so you know they are building a new station at Seaton , so there is a free coach ride , which takes 5 minutes to temporary terminal .

Shame it was raining will go again on a sunny day . Staff were so friendly , it made it for me

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to your return visit - when the sun is shining!

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a short electric tramway running partly along the trackbed of the one-time Seaton branch railway, which I can recall travelling over shortly before it closed in 1966. The tramway is built to 2ft 9in/838mm gauge, unusual, possibly unique, and the rolling stock is approx. half scale replicas of traditional British tramcars. The feel of it is that it’s really just a big train set, but one with an ancestry (apparently it was moved here almost lock stock and barrel from a previous location on the South coast). It’s been here long enough to have acquired a heritage status and history all of it’s own, though hard core transport enthusiasts might prefer places where the real thing can be experienced. It’s fun. We enjoyed our ride, even when it rained whilst we rode in the open top deck. The small scale staircases provided amusement to we six pensioners with more ambition than agility. The journey gives magnificent views of the estuary, with all the varied birdlife. It is a rather expensive for what it is though, we thought it was just about 3miles/5 and a bit km.

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

We are pleased you enjoyed your tram ride and well done for braving the elements on the top deck!

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