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Seaton Tramway

Riverside Depot Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ, England
+44 1297 20375
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Lovely way to spend an hour or two.

We joined the Tram at Colyton, ignore the tramway parking arrow after the level crossing, it is the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Matelot65
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Love it!

So this is one of those traditional, no frills kind of experiences. The trams are all manned by... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
FlourCoveredGirl
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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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.
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Riverside Depot Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We joined the Tram at Colyton, ignore the tramway parking arrow after the level crossing, it is the small track next to the track! Colyton has a nice souvenir shop, a reasonably priced cafe (with a discount if you gift-aid your tickets), a bric-a-brac shop...More

Thank Matelot65
Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing your experience with us at Seaton Tramway and also for 'Gift Aiding' us when you purchased the Explorer tickets. This charitable contribution helps us such a lot, so we are delighted to offer a voucher in exchange, to use in the...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

So this is one of those traditional, no frills kind of experiences. The trams are all manned by older volunteer types, who have some jolly good banter, and will tell you as much as you could ever want to know. Your ticket will buy you...More

Thank FlourCoveredGirl
Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What an interesting write-up, thank you, we really appreciate your time spent. (PS-we've been here since the 1970's, Tesco are the 'new kids; in town1).

Reviewed 5 days ago

Went here with our daughter and 3 year old granddaughter today and it was really enjoyable. Weather was hot so we sat upstairs so got the best of the scenery. Run by uniformed drivers who obviously love their job and gave an amusing commentary.

Thank sheilab63
Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us.

Reviewed 5 days ago

The tram journey takes you along the river estuary with a wonderful variety of birds. We were lucky enough to see 3 baby herons and their parents. The tram driver was excellent telling us what to look out for. Time for a cup of coffee...More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Seaton Tramway.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Having been coming to Seaton for years, finally decided it was time to go on the trams! Buying the tickets was a bit of an information overload, it seems more complicated than it should be... and I'm not sure how legal their gift aid arrangement...More

Thank Jessica C
Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your feedback. Just to put your mind at rest, the Gift Aid option is strictly in line with HMRC directives and follows a similar model to many other heritage attractions. When the customer...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parked at Colyton tram station. Free parking, but could get full easy. Three trams a hour to Seaton at peak holiday times . Quaint station,clean toilets and shops. Got the 1140 tram, very busy. We sat down stairs. Seats narrow and only hold 2 adults....More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, and we look forward to your return visit in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a morning or afternoon trip between Seaton and Colyton and back in an elderly tram with an elderly and amusing driver. See plenty of birds in the estuary and wetlands and have coffee in the attractively designed Colyton station. A must if you are...More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and I should just like you to know - our younger drivers are pretty amusing as well!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the second time here, and this time i come with children. My daughters love the ride and a small walk around the town Colyton. Is summer, so, we have our usual packed Sandwiches and picnic near the park. Children also have their first...More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Life can go so quickly and stress can invade our mind too often: Seaton tramway is amazing. My family came and tried it with us and they were enchanted. In this society of ours, it is so good to still have such places where one...More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

And so say all of us. The trams meander through the remoter parts of the Axe Valley, which offers amazing wildlife, relaxing views and allows you to connect to the wonderful environment all around.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Seaton Tramway in June with a friend who had been on the Trams previously. Had a lovely day on the Tram, the staff very friendly and informative. When we arrived at station I was very impressed with the cleanliness and facilities. The cafe was...More

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us and I shall pass your compliments on to the Tramstop café staff.

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Dave C
Is there a timetable available?
13 March 2017|
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Response from Fabiano V | Reviewed this property |
Hi, copy this link on Google - Timetable & Events | Seaton Tramway, Devon and look on yellow timetable for this month Good Luck Fab.
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chris g
I have a painful muscular condition which would make it difficult for me to sit on wooden seats. Do any of the trams have upholstered seats?
31 August 2016|
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Response from BarryPalmer | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in answering, the trams are 3/4 size and made especially for the narrow gauge; therefore are a little narrower than normal trams. All the seats are hard seated and access to the upstairs is a little... More
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Maggie S
We would like to use the bird hides or have more time to photograph birds, can we do this while using the tram? I have read some reviews which say you may run special trams for bird watching? We are visiting the area from the 1st September for a week.
26 August 2016|
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Response from Seaton T | Property representative |
Hi Maggie S, Our next expert-led bird-watching trips are 28th August, 11th & 25th September and they last for approx. 2 hours stopping along the route to view & have time to photograph up to 50 species of waders in the... More
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