Seaton Tramway near Andrewshayes - an East Devon holiday park review
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Reasons to ride Seaton Tramway – Devon day out with kids

I’ve written about Seaton Tramway a couple of times but hadn’t visited until the summer while staying at Andrewshayes Holiday Park. What a gem of a Devon day out! If you’re looking for things to do around East Devon then add this to your bucket list.

The line from Colyton to Seaton runs through the Axe Valley in East Devon all the way to the sea. It is a real whole family pleaser with heritage trams, brilliant views and more than a few ‘toot toots’ along the track. Here’s a few reasons why we can recommend a ride on Seaton Tramway:

Revel in vintage splendour

The stations, formally part of a British Railways branch line, proudly display their historic features and the trams speak of a more leisurely era of travel. They originally came to East Devon in the 1970s and have been a popular tourist attraction ever since.

Station sign at Seaton - Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

Pink tram on Seaton Tramway

Colyton Tram station in East Devon - Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

Kids love trains and trams

What child doesn’t love a locomotive of some sort? Sure, the trams run on overhead electricity lines but they can ‘toot toot’ with the very best.

Tin Box Baby and Nana looking at tram at Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway station at Seaton in East Devon - a Devon day out with kids

Tin Box Tot on upper deck of tram - Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

Delicious Devon countryside views

Seaton’s heritage tramline is three miles long and travels through two nature reserves between Colyton and the coast. The landscape is wonderful and you’re bound to see plenty of wildlife along the route.

Nature reserve - Seaton Tramway - a Devon day out with kids

Nature reserve in East Devon - Nature reserve - Seaton Tramway - a Devon day out with kids

Bird hide on nature reserve - Seaton Tramway - a Devon day out with kids

Dogs can ride too

This was one of those great days out where Tin Box Dog could join us. She even got her own collar band! Seaton Tramway allows dogs to ride in the downstairs seating area. There’s also the added bonus of a dog-friendly beach at Seaton when you get there.

Tin Box Dog on beach at Seaton in East Devon - Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

The beautiful beach at Seaton

It wasn’t just Tin Box Dog who was taken with the sea view when we arrived in the seaside town of Seaton. Within five minutes of leaving the tram you can be wandering along this beautiful seafront on Devon’s Jurassic Coast. There’s also plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat or an all important ice cream before you catch the tram back to Colyton.

Jurassic coast cliffs at Seaton - Seaton Tramway - a Devon day out with kids

Tin Box Traveller and Baby on the beach at Seaton = Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

Mr Tin Box and Tot on the beach at Seaton in East Devon - Seaton Tramway - a Devon day out with kids

Seaton beach - Seaton Tramway, a Devon day out with kids

Useful information for riding Seaton Tramway

  • As well as exploring the two end destinations on the Seaton Tramway line there’s a stop at Colyford half way where the pubs come highly recommended.
  • There’s a cafe at Colyton Station serving reasonably priced snacks, small plates and main meals as well as a kids menu and cakes.
  • Keep an eye out for the tramway’s special daily events during the school holidays. Halloween and Christmas rides in particular look a treat!

Find out more about Seaton Tramway and the special events held on this heritage tram line on its website.

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A vintage family day out at Seaton Tramway in East Devon. Pictures from a ride from Colyton to the Jurassic Coast at Seaton and why it's a lovely family day out