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Seaton Tramway

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All Aboard the Seaton Tramway

Journey through the beautiful East Devon countryside aboard vintage trams on the Seaton Tramway. This unique historic electric tram line takes you on a picturesque 3 mile ride alongside the River Axe estuary to Colyford and back.

With interesting attractions at each station, special events and family discounts, the Seaton Tramway makes for an engaging day out experiencing rail travel from a bygone era. Here’s a complete guide to planning your tram ride adventure.

Getting There

Seaton Tramway has stations in Seaton, Colyford, and the Seaton Wetlands. The main entrance and parking is found at the Seaton Station on Harbour Road in Seaton town centre.

By Car

Drivers can use the main pay and display car park beside Seaton Station. Alternatively there are several other central town car parks a short walk away in Seaton.

On Foot

Seaton Tramway is also easily accessed on foot in Seaton town centre, or via the coastal footpath leading to Colyford and Colyton.

By Train
Connect from the nearest mainline rail station in Axminster just 8 miles away, with regular buses onwards to Seaton.

Opening Times

Seaton Tramway operates trams daily from:

  • March – May: Weekends & school holidays
  • June – September: Daily 10am – 5pm
  • October: Weekends only 11am – 5pm

Check the timetable and special event dates online. Tickets can be pre-booked via the website.

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Tickets and Fares

Fares for the standard 3-mile return journey are:

  • Adult £13.00
  • Child £10.60
  • Family £38.00

Combined attraction and dining specials like Cream Tea tickets are also available.

The Tram Experience

Departing every 40 minutes, vintage electric tramcars dating from the 1890s depart Seaton Station for the scenic single track ride beside the estuary.

Highlights include:

  • Passing riverside nature reserves – Spot wading birds and marshland wildlife.
  • Crossing village lanes – See tractors, horses and more waiting at level crossings.
  • Seaton Wetlands halt – Alight to explore the wetland discovery centre (small fee).
  • Arriving at Colyford – End terminus has attractions like the Jellicoe allow 10 minutes before return trams.

With knowledgable drivers providing commentary, it’s an engaging journey into England’s tram heritage.


Stations and Attractions

Each station along the Seaton Tramway has its own unique attractions to enjoy:

Seaton – Transport discovery centre, children’s play zone, treasures museum.

Colyford – Vintage Jellicoe shelters, nature trails, amusement arcade.

Seaton Wetlands – Bird hides, play trail, education centre about local habitats.

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Special Events

Special event days like these add extra enjoyment:

  • Toddler Takeover Days – Activities tailored for young kids.
  • Truccabuca – Storytelling tram journeys.
  • Santa Specials – Festive tram rides to meet Santa.
  • Footplate rides – Accompany the driver in the cab.
  • Evening dining trains – Tasty themed tram suppers.
  • Walking with the tram – Join guided estuary walks.

Facilities Toilets, gift shops, play zones and cafes are found at the Seaton and Colyford stations. Mobility scooter hire and accessibility options can be pre-arranged.

Step aboard the heritage carriages of Seaton Tramway for a tranquil ride across the East Devon marshes. With attractions for all ages, it makes for a charming family day out.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Seaton Tramway a charity? – Yes. Through selling tickets & the donations of visitors, Seaton Tramway, as a registered charity, aims to further repair, maintain and enhance the historic electric trams, stations & track

Are dogs allowed on Seaton Tramway? – Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on the tram

Can you walk along the tramway? – Yes, you can walk alongside the tramway on the Swaton Tramway Walk. Obvously, you must keep off the tracks.

Nearby attractions

East Devon has many other great places to visit including:

  • World of Country Life – Indoor recreation of a 19th century rural village including costumed re-enactors demonstrating traditional crafts and skills as well as a great farm experience.
  • Pecorama – Quirky miniature world near Beer with model railways, gardens and exhibitions. Ride the narrow gauge railway for scenic views.
  • Blackbury Camp – Impressive Iron Age hillfort with huge ramparts and ditches offering panoramic views over the Otter Valley.
  • Donkey Sanctuary – Charity donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth where you can meet and learn about the rescued residents. Fun and educational visit.
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens – Beautiful ornamental gardens from the 18th century containing glasshouses, woodland walks, play zones and railway.
  • Axe Valley Wildlife Park – Family friendly zoo with over 100 species including big cats, primates, reptiles and more. Walk with lemurs too.
  • Sidmouth Museum – Charming local museum housed in a historic building detailing Sidmouth’s growth from a fishing village into a popular resort.
  • Otterton Mill – Idyllic working flour mill with craft shops, art gallery and restaurants by the River Otter. Perfect for a coffee or meal.
  • Crealy Adventure Park – Top family theme park near Exeter with over 60 rides and attractions including animals, rollercoasters and water fun.

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