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.
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.
We decided to board at the Seaton end of the line and found plenty of parking nearby.
The trams run every 20 minutes, with the journey taking half an hour from end to end.
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.
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.
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.
We managed to spot several Heron, Egrets, Ducks, Geese and plenty of Seagulls, but sadly not a Kingfisher on our journey.
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.
The kids favourite part of the journey was waving to passengers on other trams as we trundled past.
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.
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.
Of course, the boys decided on the park!
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.
A family ticket to ride Seaton Tramway costs £35 for the roundtrip, although you can choose a cheaper option and just ride one-way.
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.
Have you ridden on a Tram before?