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A Day Out on Seaton Tramway

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August 16, 2019

We love exploring the Jurassic Coast and yesterday we hopped over the Dorset border to visit Seaton in East Devon.

We have visit this area a few times as my Dad lives nearby and one thing I have always wanted to do is ride the Trams.

Seaton Tramway has recently opened a brand new Tram Station in the heart of the town, offering guests modern facilities, a small cafe and gift shop.

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Seaton Tramway is a 2 ft 9 in narrow gauge electric tramway, which runs a three-mile route through Axe Valley, from the coastal town of Seaton, through the small village of Colyford and onto ancient town of Colyton.

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We decided to board at the Seaton end of the line and found plenty of parking nearby.

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The trams run every 20 minutes, with the journey taking half an hour from end to end.

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The kids wanted to sit at the top of the tram, to get the best views and were most impressed that they could switch the backs of the seats to get a different view.

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The stairs were very steep and narrow though, so anyone travelling with small children or with mobility issues, I would recommend using the lower deck.

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The tram leaves the station past Tesco and a new housing development, before travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

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We managed to spot several Heron, Egrets, Ducks, Geese and plenty of Seagulls, but sadly not a Kingfisher on our journey.

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If you are planning to take a tram to photograph the birds, I would advise against it as the trams rock, making it tricky to take pictures, but they are a great way of getting to the bird hides on the estuary.

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The kids favourite part of the journey was waving to passengers on other trams as we trundled past.

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At Colyton. described as “Devon’s Most Rebellious Town” for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, you have to disembark the tram at its pretty station.

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You can then choose to get in the queue for the return journey straight away, enjoying a snack in the cafe, explore the town, take part in kids Gilberts Trail activity or play at the small play area at the end of the track.

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Of course, the boys decided on the park!

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From the park you get a clear view of when the next tram arrives, so you can get back to the station in time to catch the next one back.

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A family ticket to ride Seaton Tramway costs £35 for the roundtrip, although you can choose a cheaper option and just ride one-way.

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Next door to Seaton Tramway is Seaton Jurassic which is offering a 20% discount with Seaton Tramway tickets. Sadly we ran out of time to visit, as we enjoyed a fish and chip lunch instead at Frydays instead.

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Have you ridden on a Tram before?

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    Rhian westbury

    August 17, 2019

    Looks like you had some wonderful weather for the beautiful views. I did something very similar to this in Wales and it was nice to just take in the surroundings xq

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    Serin Quinn

    August 17, 2019

    What a gorgeous place! Would love to have a go on that tram, looks so pretty!

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    fashionandstylepolice

    August 17, 2019

    What a cool looking tram! I wish we had this close to us.

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    rebecca jones

    August 17, 2019

    These trams look fabulous- what a great way to see the wildlife too – I’ll be visiting next time I’m in Devon.

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    Lorna

    August 17, 2019

    Yep, the lower deck would suit me fine! The station looks so quaint, almost unreal.

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    Elizabeth Williams

    August 17, 2019

    What a wonderful way to experience the beautiful views. Would love to ride this team one day with the kids.

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    August 18, 2019

    My boys would love this, they are fascinated with things like trams and trains and wow what a beautiful ride and gorgeous views too
    Laura x

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    nichola - Globalmouse

    August 18, 2019

    Oh how lovely, anything keeping history alive likes this gets my vote. What a great way to travel.

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    Cliona

    August 18, 2019

    I’ve never been on a tram like this but I think I’d really enjoy this as a day trip. It looks really relaxing and I love nature so I’d enjoy looking out at all the birds and scenery. Looks like you all had good fun 🙂

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    Kira

    August 18, 2019

    Oh we love the trams . Looks like you’ve had a great time 🙂

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    Anosa

    August 19, 2019

    Apart from abroad, I am yet to ride a tram in the UK, thanks for adding this to our radar.

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    Melanie williams

    August 19, 2019

    Looks like a fab tram ride and a great day out for sure. You clearly got the weather xx

  13. Reply

    Laura

    August 19, 2019

    Those trams look fabulous and the views you get to see from them are so beautiful.

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    August 20, 2019

    How adorable is this? My kids would love something like this – me too!

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    August 20, 2019

    Oh wow this looks like such a great thing to do! I have never been on a tram, it looks awesome. Love the look of the new centre too. Kaz

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    Stephanie

    August 25, 2019

    Brilliant, this looks so cute and what a fun family activity for everyone to do together.

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