Seaton is situated on the mouth of the Axe River, and on the East Devon coast between Sidmouth (to the west) and Lyme Regis (to the east). As such it is part of the Jurassic Coast, and falls at the edge of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Not surprisingly these factors together make Seaton a popular seaside destination in Devon - a tradition it has held since Victorian times, as you will see when you visit, since many of the houses date from that time. The town itself is small pleasant to stroll around, with mostly small traditional type shops, and a selection of cafes and restaurants.
Your visit will undoubtedly start with a wander along the esplanade, a pathway that follows the beach for about 1/2 mile. the esplanade of course follows the sea front - Seaton faces the sea across a long shingle-pebble beach that extends around Seaton Bay, with cliffs rising above the beach when you leave the town.
Heas east for a stroll around the attractive Axmouth Harbour, or you can head west from the center to reach Seaton Hole via Cliff Valley gardens and some good views along the coast en route.
Within the town there is a small museum explaining the history of Seaton, which date back to the Iron Age, then to help put it all in contxt follow the Seaton Heritage Trail, a marked walk around the area - get details from the tourist office in Seaton.
A popular excursion is to take the Seaton Tramway along the Axe River to Colyton and Colyford - the tram is a tourist enterprise that passes a few miles through an attractive the attrative Seaton marshes Nature Reserve, with the trams themselves being a fascinating mix of reduced-size replicas of historical trams from elsewhere. Great fun on a sunny afternoon! There is also a hide in the nature reserve for bird-watching enthusiasts.
Map of Seaton and places to visit
Seaton places to visit
See more places nearby in the Devon guide