Plan Your School Visit
Seaton Tramway is open for school visits from Easter to October each year.
Half-day sessions: (9.45am – 12.15pm) £5 per pupil
Full-day sessions: (9.45 – 2.45) £8 per pupil
(adults free of charge in line with our adult:child ratios – see below)
Please note that where possible we will be flexible with timings, please discuss this with our team when booking your visit.
Most school visits start at Seaton Station and include a tram ride to Colyton and a taught session in the Garden Room. The tram journey takes approximately 25 minutes. We have five stations/halts: Seaton Station, Riverside Halt, Wetlands Halt, Colyford Station and Colyton Station.
Please let us know at point of booking if you would like to start your visit at Colyton Station.
Stations and Facilities
Seaton Station (Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2WD)
Our state-of-the-art station opened in 2018 and is the start of your journey back in time to Victorian Colyton Station. The station is fully accessible and we have a hearing loop and voice transfer system at the ticket desk.
There is a coach drop-off point and parking opposite the station (on the Underfleet). Alternatively, you can start your visit at Colyton station where there is free parking in the Tramway car park.
At Seaton Station there is a café, gift shop, and toilets (including an accessible toilet).
We have three accessible double-decker trams which are suitable for wheelchairs, please let us know at point of booking if your school group will require use of one of these trams during your visit. Please note that our enclosed saloon trams are not suitable for wheelchairs.
At Riverside Halt there is a decked area with picnic benches overlooking the Axe Estuary, with information boards and tabletop interpretation focusing on the birds and wildlife of the estuary, the development of Seaton as a seaside town, and the engineering and science behind the Tramway. An interactive installation demonstrates how the trams use electricity and there is a viewing telescope for looking at the birds on the river.
Please note that there are no toilets at Riverside Halt.
Seaton Wetlands Halt
The Wetlands Halts gives direct pedestrian access to the Wetlands where you will find the Discovery Hut, public toilets and bird hides. There is a network of boardwalks which are safe for school groups to use and accessible to wheelchairs. Seaton Tramway works in partnership with the Wetlands ranger team to offer a range of wildlife-themed activities for schools, including pond-dipping and bug-hunting. Our Learning and Activity team are also able to lead taught sessions in the Wetlands – if you would like to include a visit to the Wetlands in your itinerary, please contact us so that we can put together an itinerary to meet your requirements.
Please note that there are no facilities at this station. Interpretation panels provide information about the village of Colyford and there is an original Victorian gents’ urinal to the side of the platform (no longer in operation).
Colyton Station (Station Road, Kingsdon, Colyton EX24 6HA)
Learning workshops take place in the Garden Room at Colyton Station. This is a lovely, light-filled room with plenty of tables and chairs to comfortably accommodate groups of up to 35 pupils.
Colyton Station has male and female toilets and an accessible toilet.
The Garden Room is fully accessible to wheelchair users and the platform is accessed via ramps at both ends.
There is a tea room and a gift shop within the station.
How to book
If you would like to book a learning workshop at Seaton Tramway, please complete the booking enquiry form here
A member of our Learning and Activity Team will then contact you to discuss your requirements and offer you a date for your visit. Please give us choice of three dates.
We can accommodate a maximum of 35 pupils per workshop. For larger groups please book 2 separate workshops.
Our staff:pupil ratios are as follows: EYFS 1:6, KS1 and KS2 1:8. KS3 and KS4 1:10
What to bring
We run both open-topped double-deckers and single-deck enclosed saloon trams, and we will allocate trams to school groups according to the size of the group and availability on the day. This means that you may travel on a tram that is open to the elements, therefore please ensure that your pupils bring appropriate clothing including a raincoat and hat if the weather is forecast to be wet and a sunhat for fine weather. We recommend that suncream is applied prior to travelling on the tram if the weather is forecast to be warm and sunny.
For whole-day sessions, pupils may bring a packed lunch which can be eaten in the Garden Room or in the outdoor area at the far end of the platform.
For morning only workshops, you are welcome to stay for lunch but please let us know prior to your visit.
Please note that during busy periods it may not be possible to use the Garden Room for lunch, therefore lunch would be eaten outside on picnic tables at the far end of the platform.
All of our stations are accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters and we have three accessible trams which can be accessed by ramp.
You may find our Easy Read and Visual Read guides helpful when planning a visit, you can find them here:
Please tell us at point of booking if any of your pupils have additional needs that require consideration during their visit to the Tramway.
There are gift shops at Seaton Station and Colyton Station. Please let us know if you would like your pupils to visit either shop as we will need to factor this into the timings for your visit.