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 town’s mile-long beach is mostly shingle, and is excellent for a wide variety of watersports from swimming to sailing, diving and windsurfing.

Seaton is home to Seaton Jurassic, a brilliant all-weather attraction that makes for a perfect family day out.

The picturesque ancient harbour of Axmouth is a 10 minute walk to the east, while the pretty village of Axmouth itself lies about a kilometre inland.

How to Get There

The Jurassic Coaster bus service runs through Seaton, and the nearest railway station is at Axminster, seven miles to the north. A regular bus service connects Seaton with Axminster.

By road, Seaton and Axmouth are signposted from the A3052.

seaton beach huts
Beach huts along Seaton beach. © Steve Belasco -

Where to Stay

We recommend booking a cottage with, or staying at the beautiful Higher Wiscombe, which is a short drive away.

For a comprehensive list of local options, visit our Accommodation page.

Boats moored at Axmouth
Boats moored at Axmouth. © Steve Belasco -

Things to Do

Seaton Hole. © Steve Belasco -

Seaton Jurassic

At Seaton Jurassic, you can become a time traveller and unravel the story of the Jurassic Coast, whilst discovering the wonders of nature surrounding Seaton.

The newly built centre includes a café and is also host to frequent events for all ages, including guided walks, bug hunts, falconry displays, storytelling, educational presentations or face painting.

Seaton Jurassic
Seaton Jurassic.

Seaton Tramway

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.

The Tramway’s popular Dinosaur Train sessions are occasionally paired with a fossil and activity display from the Jurassic Coast Trust at Colyton station.

Seaton Tramway
Seaton Tramway

Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve

Sitting alongside the Tramway’s Seaton Terminus is the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

The recent 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.

Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve. © Wild East Devon.

Seaton Labyrinth

The unique Seaton Labyrinth at Cliff Field, overlooking the bay and Beer cliffs, is 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 Labyrinth
Seaton Labyrinth

Need to Know

Here’s some geological trivia: Seaton is also the only town on the Jurassic Coast where rocks from all three of the World Heritage Site’s geological periods – Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous – can be viewed in their natural environment.

Dinghy sailing off Seaton
Dinghy sailing off Seaton. © Steve Belasco -