The gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Seaton is located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This charming Victorian seaside town can be found nestled between the Axmouth-to-Lyme Regis Undercliffs Nature Reserve and the cliff formations of the Beer area. Due to its spectacular landscape and the wildlife that lives there, the town is internationally recognised and has World Heritage Status.
So much to see and do
There is so much to discover in Seaton, not only do you have easy access to top attractions, the beautiful coastline and the lovely surrounding towns and villages, but there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the region’s history, from the Romans to the Victorians.
No matter what the weather, you’ll find some great things to do when in Seaton. Like many of Devon’s seaside resorts, the town is popular with tourists for day trips and family holidays and with the abundance of activities on offer, it isn’t hard to see why. For those of you who like getting out and about, spend some time getting active by exploring the coastal paths or embarking on an adventure by heading out onto the water and trying your hand at sailing or kayaking.
Follow the coast path
Cliff Field Gardens in Seaton leads to the South West Coast Path, the region’s longest and most popular national coastal trail. The path is an ideal way to explore, whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or something more challenging and you can easily hop on and off the trail wherever you like. It’s a great way to experience the Jurassic Coast and to visit the surrounding towns and villages. Alternatively, why not spend some time enjoying the beach? The golden sand is perfect for catching the rays, playing with the kids or enjoying the sights from the promenade with its many ice cream huts and cafes.
Fascinating local heritage
You can find out more about the region’s history and way of life by visiting the many attractions that can be found in town, including Seaton Jurassic, Seaton Tramway and the Seaton Wetlands, as well as the many parks and gardens where you will find the Labyrinth and the Time Line.
If you’re a lover of the natural world, make sure to visit Seaton Wetlands, with five hides, nearly 4km of level trails through marshland, meadow and the river, it’s great for exploring, spotting birds and watching the wildlife. For those with additional access needs, head along the Stop Line Way path which has been designed with mobility aids in mind. This path has historical significance as it follows the route that was filled with defensive measures during World War 2 to defend Seaton’s coastline.
Seaton’s rich history
It is thought that Seaton has been inhabited for over 6000 years and there are still remains from the Neolithic and the Bronze and Iron Age to be found in and around the town centre. History fans should head to Blackbury Camp and see if they can spot what is left of the Iron Age forts which are still visible in this part of town.
There is also evidence of the Roman empire that can be found in Seaton. Extensive Roman artefacts including coins have been found in the town and there appears to be remains of a former Roman station and villas there too.
Seaton gained popularity as a seaside resort during the Victorian era when the railway arrived in the town and drew prominent members of London’s society to the coast. Part of the trackway can still be used by visitors by taking a trip with Seaton Tramway who run trips to Colyton throughout the year.
In more recent history, you can find a memorial in the town’s Windsor Gardens which commemorates the American, Polish and Spanish soldiers that were stationed there during the second world war. At one time, Seaton was under threat of invasion because of the large expanse of beach, so Pill Boxes and other defensive measures were installed along the cliffs and sea front. The route where these once stood is now a cycle path.
Whether you’re looking for an overnight stay, short break or a longer holiday, you’ll find the perfect holiday in Seaton.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dogs go on the beach at Seaton?
Seaton has a dog friendly section all year around at the western edge of the beach, the whole beach opens up to dogs from October 1st to April 30th.
There are a number of dog friendly beaches in Devon, many beaches allow dogs all year round, many have dog restricted sections and a few where a dog ban is in operation.
Please check local signage for the most up to date information on Devon’s beaches as this information could change at any time and a number of beaches make changes during peak seasons.Find more dog friendly beaches in Devon here
Is there a sandy beach at Seaton?
Seaton's beach is a mixture of shingle and sand. It is an award winning beach, having been given a Blue Flag for the past two years.
Dogs are allowed at the two ends of Seaton beach all year, but are banned from the middle section between May 1st and September 30th. Please be aware that there isn't a life guard service at this beach.Find out more about Seaton beach