Boats moored at Axmouth
Boats moored at Axmouth, near Seaton. Photo: Steve Belasco

The popular coastal resort of Seaton lies just to the west of the Axe estuary, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of East Devon. The mile-long beach is mostly shingle, and is excellent for a wide variety of watersports from swimming to sailing, diving and windsurfing. The ancient harbour of Axmouth is a 10 minute walk to the east, while the pretty village of Axmouth itself lies about a kilometre inland.

One of the most popular attractions in Seaton is the tramway, which runs inland along the Axe estuary to the medieval market town of Colyton. The tram journey is a wonderful excursion for birdwatchers, transport enthusiasts or those who simply want to watch the beautiful riverside scenery gliding by. Alongside the tramway is the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve. The installation of a viewing hide and wheelchair-friendly paths means this beautiful area and its wildlife – wildfowl and wading birds in winter; dragonflies and butterflies in summer – are now easily accessible all year round.

The unique Seaton Labyrinth at Cliff Field overlooking the bay and Beer cliffs is also well worth a visit. Completed in 2005, the Labyrinth is constructed from rock representing the three different geological periods found along the Jurassic Coast. Seaton is also the only town on the Jurassic Coast where rocks from all three geological periods can be viewed in their natural environment.

Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve

Getting there

  • The Jurassic Coaster bus service runs through Seaton.
  • The nearest railway station is at Axminster, seven miles to the north. A bus service connects Seaton with Axminster.
  • By road, Seaton and Axmouth are signposted from the A3052.

Need to know

Opening in 2016, Seaton Jurassic will be a major new visitor experience telling the story of the Jurassic Coast. At Seaton Jurassic you’ll go on a journey through time, over land and underwater, to worlds familiar and alien. You decide how far to go!