Seaton is a lively seaside town and gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The town is set on Lyme Bay and is part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nature is at your doorstep, with sandy beaches, lush wetlands and rolling countryside to discover. Family-friendly attractions like a heritage tramway and a dinosaur-themed minigolf course keep kids entertained.
Things to do in Seaton
Hunt for fossils in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This stretch of coast is one of the only places in the world where you can find fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The beaches between Lyme Regis and Charmouth are some of the best places to fossil hunt.
Seaton Beach stretches for more than 1.5 kilometres and is an ideal place to swim, sunbathe and build sandcastles. Relax on the shingle sand and make a splash with activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.
Ride the Seaton Tramway to Colyford, a chocolate-box village a few kilometres to the north. The narrow gauge electric tramway meanders through unspoilt countryside and treats you to fantastic views over the Axe Estuary. Colyford Station has been reimagined as a nostalgic café where you can enjoy traditional Devonshire cream teas.
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve is dotted with bird hides where you can spot ringed plovers, black-tailed godwits and oystercatchers. Trails wind through the reserve and take you past flower-filled meadows and marshlands. Keep an eye out for otters splashing in the pond.
Tee off on the dinosaur-themed minigolf course at Seafield Gardens. The park is set on Castle Hill and commands sweeping views over Seaton Beach and the Jurassic Coast. Kids love exploring the Jurassic-inspired adventure playground, complete with a miniature zipline.
Getting around Seaton
Seaton is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot or bicycle. The town is in East Devon, a 40-minute drive from Exeter and 3.5 hours from London. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Jurassic Coast at your own pace. Heathrow Airport is a three-hour drive away.