Things to do at Bekonscot Model Village & Railway review
A day spent at Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is both fun and educational, and perfect for kids and adults alike. The miniature village – the world’s oldest model village, in existence since 1929 – is a representation of seven small towns around Beaconsfield as it was in the 1930s (Bekonscot Town is the biggest), and showcases every aspect of life in that era.
From the grand racecourses, yacht clubs and golf courses to the day-to-day existence of the coal miners, bakers and butchers, you get an almost-real feel of England almost a century ago. The attention to detail is amazing – there’s also a representation of the transport system, farms, cable cars and castles and churches.
The highlight of the model village (especially for younger children) is the miniature model railway that intersects you during your walk around. The little trains that pass you carry passengers, goods, even coal; and actually stop at railway crossings and miniature stations! It is indeed fascinating and it’s not unusual to see little children running alongside the miniature trains or waiting for them to pass under their feet.
The gardens that surround the village are gorgeous as well, especially during the summer months when in full bloom. Some shrubs and plants are actually scaled down to match the surroundings!
For further entertainment, there is also a Miniature Railway for toddlers to take a short ride on and an outdoor playground area. The Ed Shed Discovery and Play Centre has interactive exhibits that tell you more about the village and life in the 1930s as well as themed activities for children.
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FAQ and Further Information Bekonscot Model Village & Railway
Is there food and drink available?
There’s a lovely Tea Room that serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks, hot meals and kids meals. During the summer months, you can also enjoy delicious local Beachdean Farm ice-creams.
What are the main things to do?
A village in miniature including trains, shops and more. Plus a miniature railway for short rides, outdoor play area and an indoor discovery centre with interactive exhibits. There is a tea-room and toilets.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket is £12,50 and £8.00 for a child aged 2-15. Under 2’s are free.
Is there parking?
There are a few free parking spaces in the nearby St Teresa’s and St Michael’s churches, apart from which there is a pay and display car park on Warwick Road. Two town car parks, the railway station car park and limited on-road parking is also available.
When are they open?
Bekonscot model village is open for the summer and autumn (dates yet to be updated on their website). For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
Guest post with thanks to Nicole from Tales from Mamaville.
Category – Model village – Suitable for all ages.
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