Babbacombe Model VillageCurrently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
- Address: Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3LA,UK, TQ1 3LA, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: 4401-803315315
- Fax: +1-01803315173
- Ticket Price: 10 GBP
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Village, Theme Park, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Parks
Babbacombe Model Village - Review
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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Babbacombe Model Village
95% of people who visit Torquay include Babbacombe Model Village in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
87.05% of people start their Babbacombe Model Village visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Babbacombe Model Village
77.78% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Babbacombe Model Village
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Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay Reviews
Beautifully designed and maintained model Village with actual representations of some local areas, presented with a sense of humour. The grounds are all magnificently maintained and, whilst the site looks to be very hilly, it is actually not that steep in most places but more gradual between each exhibit. There is a cafe/gift shop on site but, like most tourist attractions, it is understocked and overpriced. The village itself of beautiful though and we'll worth a visit, as is the on site 4D theatre. Just take sandwiches with you!!
Awesome model village! We've been to others recently and this is in a different league. We went with a toddler and it is worth noting that you can't touch very much so he got a bit frustrated. It's also very hilly with limited seating. Well worth a trip and follow with a train ride down to the beach
Exceeded my expectations. Amazing models with such a variety there is something for everyone. Gardens truly splendid and so well looked after. Took a picnic for outdoor benches so didn't try restaurant. Entrance is quite pricey, but spent a good 2 to 3 hours there and it is a beautiful place to be. Moving models with audio, and quirky humour added all add to the interest. Don't forget to like my review 😀
An excellent attraction in Devon. Heard about this place from friends and local tourist information whilst on holiday, so was eager to visit. Upon entering, was amazed at the size of the village! The landscaping and attention to detail is outstanding and there was so much to look at and take in. Over 3 hours was spent here to look at every part of this village, including the small and humourus additions to each varied scene, and the visual & sound effects on selected models. It was great to see new developments of model areas, such as the new city development for 2018; a clever and brilliant addition to this attraction! The cafe, 4D experience and golf was not visited so cannot comment on these sections. Overall, a very enjoyable attraction and a must if visiting the local area or visiting Devon! Would recommend to anyone and will definitely return.
A lot of the models are nice, but there's a few downsides. It's quite expensive, and doesn't feel that safe. It's quite steep, especially as you enter the place. There's hand rails, but my 2 year old could walk underneath them, which is a bit worrying. We had to hold on to him because of the drops on the other side of the rails. There wasn't much interactive content either. As such I think it's probably more suitable to older visitors who can enjoy the puns and the artistry. Younger visitors will likely get bored quite quickly.