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“70th Birthday treat half day Tram driving experience”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence
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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 19 April 2014

We spent a very enjoyable day a Seaton Tramway celebrating 70th birthday for Grandad, shared by his three young (5, 8 and 12 years) grandchildren and slightly older Daughter and Son-in-law. He was expertly instructed by the lovely Mike, who was great fun, very knowledgeable and patient! The experience was great fun, included tea and cakes and lunch! Everyone had a fabulous time, enjoying the sights along the way, including lots of local wildlife along the river Axe, the Easter hunts and the history of the Trams to boot. Great to see that the Tramway has been restored after the flooding you really would never have known they had been so effected. I could pootle all day long swapping Trams, from open topped to the sumptuous enclosed versions, all painstakingly restored lovingly. Lovely friendly staff, well worth a visit and the Tram driving part really put a smile on Grandads face and a twinkle in his eye like a big kid! And being able to share it with him made it all the more special for the rest of the family unlike so many other experience days. Thank you Seaton Tramway (especially Di in the office who assisted with accommodation and Mike the instructor! )

3  Thank Paul M
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Apologies for taking so long to reply, it's been a hectic year! We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you all and from what I hear from Mike the instructror, Grandad took to tram driving like a duck to water! We are delighted that you had such a positive experience and yes, isn't it nice to join in with the fun of the tram driving lesson.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Spent a good few hours here. It's good value for money and nice family day, we enjoyed it as much as our little grandson.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Thank you for pointing out we appeal all to ages.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

It was a fun filled day out, the views on the route are very scenic, it is good to take a journey back in time with the old trams, pity they cannot run further, though Colyton is a great destination.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Thank you for your kind comments, we would love to be able to extend the line, something to plan towards perhaps?

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Lovely trip along the Axe valley. The staff are very friendly and ensure everyone enjoys the trip it takes about 30 minutes and you can stop off half way. The little shop and cafe at the end are reasonable if a little limited. The scenery is wonderful

1  Thank Caroline E
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

We welcome all feedback, so thank you for yours.

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Nice trams, friendly drivers, good views especially of birds. The destination, Colyton, is a nice little town; great for a wander round.

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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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