Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay
About Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay
Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3LA,UK
Ticket Price: 10 GBP
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
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A miniature village located in Torquay, Devon and it is one of the most beautiful places on the English Riviera. It has been designated as a global geopark by the UNESCO. This mock village was set up by Tom Dobbins in 1963. The place has beautiful gardens and a pleasant atmosphere to relax and refresh your mind. It is built on about 4 acres of land and has various models including that of a cute little train track, precious gardens and many buildings exactly based on UK prototypes and landmarks.
The following features of the village never fails to attract visitors-
- The pretty miniature model houses of Tudor, Gregorian and Victorian architecture.
- The model of a fire-breathing dragon on the medieval castle.
- The iconic Stonehenge, the shard and the thatched roof huts.
- The stunning view across the Lyme Bay.
- The cliff railway to the Oddicombe beach.
- Within walking distance is the St. Mary church along with a beautiful shopping destination with shops to suit all tastes.
- An evening show at the Babbacombe theatre is also desirable.
- The mesmerizing waterfalls is an absolute treat for your eyes
- The west country fishing village is a new attraction to be added to your list.
- The 4-D cinemas are very exciting.
- There are lots of hidden secrets to be discovered in the form of new attractions once you start exploring.
The village is much bigger than visitors expect and there is fun and mystery unfolding every few minutes as you go on finding out new places attracting you. The names of the shops in this village include humorous puns like The Terry-bull gardening and services (terrible), Amanda Lofe- homebaked cakes and breads, etc. All in all, the village feels like a window, to a secret Lilliput land of which you want to be a part of!
Babbacombe Model Village Information
Tips & Warnings:
- The village should preferably be visited during the drier months as the weather is pleasant and a better tour is possible.
- Entry is prohibited after the mentioned latest entry hours.
- The village tour can be enjoyed more during the daytime except when there are events in the evening.
- The Bygones Victorian Street Museum is just round the corner as well.
- Taste the delicious food range available in the Hanbury’s fish and chip shop and lip smacking drinks at the Cary Arms.
- Make sure you do not miss out on the colourful daily events like the evening illuminations, Easter Trail, Alice in a Miniature Wonderland & the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Halloween’s Evenings of Mini Horrors, Christmas at Modern Village.
Babbacombe Model Village Ticket Prices
- Adults- 10.50 Pounds.
- Senior citizens- 9.50 Pounds.
- For a family of four- 34.50 Pounds.
- The 4D theatre charge is extra for 1 Pound per person.
- Local residents can get a 20% discount on tickets on weekends on presenting proper citizenship proofs.
Babbacombe Model Village Opening and Closing Hours
- October 25th to 28th February: 10:30 am.
- March 1st to 24th October: 10:00 am.
- January 6th to 31st: 04:00 pm.
- March 1st to 13th April: 04:30 pm.
- April 14th to 21st: 05:00 pm.
- April 22nd to May 23rd: 05:30 pm.
- May 24th to June 1st: 10:30 pm.
- June 2nd to 30th: 05:30 pm.
- July 1st to September 12th: Monday to Friday: 10:30 pm and Saturday to Sunday: 05:30 pm.
- September 13th to October 24th: 05:30 pm.
- October 25th to 31st: 10:00 pm.
- November 1st to December 12th: 04:00 pm.
- December 13th to January 2nd: 05:00 pm.
How To reach Babbacombe Model Village by Public Transport
- Service 22 from Paignton Town to St. Mary church
- Service 32 from The Willows Shopping to St. Mary church
- Service 11 from Dawlish to St. Mary church
Restaurants Near Babbacombe Model Village
- The Bay Tree Cafe
- The Coffee House
- Driftwood cafe
- Memories Bistro
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Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay Reviews - Write a Review
A lot better than we expected it to be. It's very big and very well done. Subtle and not so subtle humour to be found along the way. Kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here. Good extras with the little crazy golf shed and boats. Gift shop was OK and just be aware it has some quite steep paths, if that kind of thing makes you nervous! Would definitely return - we no doubt missed some things along the way!
Got to be one of the best, if not the best, model village in the UK. Fantastic gardens and the majority of the displays look as though they're looked after. A few are looking a little tired and faded; those that haven't changed one bit since I last visited some 15 years ago, but a lot has been done to make it look up to date. Children loved it. We visited during the day and then also in the evening after dark so we could see it all lit up, making use of the free return on the same tickets. Fantastic place. Love it.
Came here with our children when they were young and revisited this week with our grandchildren. We had a lovely time looking at some of the old and many new additions. We loved the modern themes which blended in beautifully with the old and the gardens were just fabulous. Don't forget to have a coffee or ice cream before you leave and look out over the gardens from this beautiful viewpoint. Worth every penny.
The model village is bigger than I expected. It is built on a steep slope. This is a disadvantage for anyone with mobility issues, however the slope allows for excellent vistas if the whole village. Overall it is an excellent day out. I would give 5 stars but the parking system (which is run by the council) . This is a big let down as the parking is not timed. You have to estimate your visit duration or pay an excess fee (or risk a fat fine). This makes you feel rushed to complete your visit faster and detracts from what would be a 5 star visit. Apart from that the attraction is excellent with attention to detail and even a picnic area with tables at the bottom. The model houses have a myriad of comical details to look out for. Model trains run through areas and they even offer a free return to the night time show when the various lights are switched on. I recommend 2 to 3 hours minimum if you have a small meal and want to spot some hidden details, perhaps up to 4 hours for a more relaxed walk through and to take in all the details.
Spent four hours here, Halloween trip well planned. Lovely place. Village looks great at night. Would recommend for families.