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Horse Tram


The horse trams are a colourful common sight on the promenade during the summer months.

Established in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot in a bid to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, the 3ft gauge tramway is a testimony to Victorian engineering and endurance - and just as popular with today's visitors.

The tram runs from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal daily from mid-May until mid-September, with many of the original fleet of cars still in use today.

It possesses important historic value by being the oldest surviving horse tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening (with the exception of World War II).


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".... so when the time came to return for a short holiday we decided to return - equally impressed this time!"

Chris, September 2013