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Set in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, Seaton is the only gateway town to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
So much to see and do
Located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Seaton beach is over a mile long and ideal for swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and home to the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve and the popular Seaton Tramway, the town is popular with tourists for day trips and family holidays.
Seaton’s hidden gem, Cliff Field Gardens, is where you will find the Seaton Labyrinth showing 185 million years of evolution and the town’s geological timeline. These Gardens also lead to the South West Coast Path, an ideal way to explore and experience the Jurassic Coast and to visit the surrounding towns and villages.
Seafield Gardens, at the top of Castle Hill, is home to Seaton’s Jurassic-themed Adventure Golf, a fun activity for the whole family, as well as the outdoor tennis courts, outdoor gym and a children’s play area. The town’s iconic Victorian Clock Tower can also be found in this lovely park, which overlooks the beach. The Underfleet play area, a Jurassic themed adventure play park is fantastic for children, who will enjoy exploring bat tunnels, scaling rocks at the cretaceous zone, or zipping down a 30-foot zip wire!
Located in the heart of Seaton is Windsor Gardens, providing a peaceful resting spot amidst colourful flower beds. The town’s flag pole is here and an important memorial to the fallen of WWII ca be found at the front of the Gardens opposite the town’s museum.
Seaton Wetlands, with five hides, nearly 4km of level trails through marshland, meadow and the river, is 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. There is also evidence of the Roman empire, 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.
Whether you’re looking for an overnight stay, short break or a longer holiday, you’ll find the perfect holiday in Seaton.
Parking & Transport
- Car Parks
- Coach Parking
- Parking for disabled visitors
Towns & Villages
- Information Centre
- Public toilets
- Taxi rank
- Toilets for disabled visitors
Map & Directions
Travelling from the West exit at junction 30 (Exeter) of the M5 and use the scenic A3052 coast road, which takes approximately 40 minutes. If travelling from the East using the A303, then use A38 from Wincanton, which takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Public Transport Directions
Rail – Seaton does not have a railway station, but is only 5 miles from Axminster Station EX13 5PF with trains running every hour to London Waterloo. Honiton Railway Station (EX14 2DA) is 11 miles away. For the latest timetables and journey information visit the National Rail Enquiries.
Coach – National Express Coach Services from all parts of the UK visit Exeter and there are regular bus routes from Exeter to Seaton. Contact Devon County Council for all bus operator information and timetables. The Stagecoach 9A bus route travels between Exeter and Lyme Regis (8 miles east along the coast)
Bus – local bus services include Dartline 20, AVMT 52, Hatch Green 391, 392 and 393 and the AVMT 885
Air – Exeter Airport is only 20 miles away by car
Sea – Condor Ferries operate from Poole in Dorset and offer services between France, the Channel Isles and the UK. Further information is available from Condor Ferries.