Nearby is the large Seaton Viaduct, on the Oakham to Kettering railway line. It is three quarters of a mile long and took four years to build. It has 82 arches which are up to high. For many years the railway was only used for freight traffic, but a restricted passenger service from Oakham to London via Corby and Kettering was opened in 2010. Seaton railway station, on a different line, closed in 1966.
The toponym, first recorded in the Domesday Book as Seieton and Segentone, is of uncertain origin. It probably means the "farm or village of a man named Sǣġa", but it may refer to an otherwise unrecorded stream name Sǣġe, meaning "slow-moving".
The village has one public house - the George and Dragon, on Main Street.