BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE AND GARDENS

BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE AND GARDENS

BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE AND GARDENS
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Babbacombe Model Village is Torquay's most popular and visited attraction. Representing British life and culture over the last five decades all in miniature. Animated scenes, along with touches of very English humour bring it all to life. Taking you on a fun, informative and nostalgic trip through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to present day, it has appeal for all ages. Famous for its lovely setting in 4 acres of award-winning gardens that are a delight to experience all year round. See website for opening times
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  • Cliff
    Little Canfield, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best model village we have ever visited, but slightly costly.
    Strangely accessed through a local car park, you find yourself in a world of high-end models, which is quite simply amazing. There is a great decked area to use for lunch/refreshments, which looks out over the whole of the model village, which is quite extensive and absolutely beautifully kept. Very good amenities (shop, cafe, toilets) which are clean and easily accessible. Some of the paths around the village are quite steep, so accessibility needs consideration. The only downside would be the entry cost, which I felt was expensive for the short amount of time we spent there, but can appreciate why they need to make the charges when you look at the superbly maintained gardens, landscape and models themselves. I never took note of the family ticket or cost, but I would think it would deter some from going.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • patricia p
    Risby, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A smashing place to visit
    This was my first visit, and was I surprised so much to see and the models were so good and everything looked right. Had a lovely morning there and a nice drink in the cafe as well. Well worth a visit, young and older people as well. Easy to walk around as well
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review and we hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 4, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place with lovely staff
    I really enjoyed our visit. I can’t say I was initially very enthusiastic but my partner really wanted to go so I thought I’d give it a try. Staff were lovely and the place is enormous. Lots of great things to see and clearly the people that built it have a sense of humour. Really enjoyed it and also had a game of crazy golf half way round.
    Hi Jane66666, We are thrilled to hear that you and your partner enjoyed the visit and hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 4, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • NVGFriendly
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny
    Absolutely amazing. It's massive. I was sceptical about the price but it is definitely worth it. I bet you'd see something you missed if you kept going back. We spent 2.5 hours there.
    Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. We are really pleased to hear that you had a great visit and found the experience was worth every penny. We hope to see you again when you're next visiting Torquay. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun place to visit for all ages.
    Really enjoyable place to visit for all ages. We have visited here for years and never tire of it Really well done and always new touches every year. The gardens are also immaculate and beautifully kept, so are enjoyable in their own right. Many of the models have humorous aspects and someone really thinks what will catch the attention and keep the village topical year after year. There is so much to look at and to spot among all the displays. Appeals to all ages.
    Thank you for leaving us a review and really thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 13, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place.
    Amazing experience, every tiny building or vehicle and person has been created with such care and fine detail, had a brilliant time, there are whitty signs on vehicles and amusing figures. There is also a mini crazy golf course for free and they are adding on new and exciting models regularly. I would love to visit again and wholeheartedly recommend this place.
    Hi carolem743, Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to leave this fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again when/if you're next visiting Torquay. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Babbacombe Model Village is a Gem
    A fabulous couple of hours spent here. So much to look at and funny building and vehicle names to spot. There is even a fire breathing dragon! The added game of crazy golf was an unexpected plus. The cafe was clean and had a good choice. All the staff I met were friendly and helpful. It is on a steep hill with some steps to the cafe and facilities, so unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. You don't notice the hill when going around as there is something to stop and look at almost every step. Would definitely recommend a visit.
    Thank you for reviewing us and it's always lovely to hear such fantastic feedback from our visitors. We hope to see you again when you're next visiting beautiful Babbacombe. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 18, 2023
  • marchiles
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great 3 hours not long enough
    Have been to a few model villages and this one is one of the best. A little tricky being on a slop and me being on crutches, but well worth the visit. Carpark outside and reasonable. Lots to see for the kids, big and small and those who like fire breathing Dragons. Lots to see and van and lorry signs to keep you amused. Will have to go again to see all the bits we missed first time around. The crazy golf at the bottom of the village was great and I will have to go again the wife beat me! There are also other attractions near by.
    Thank you for this wonderful review and really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • samantha g
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for all ages
    Third time we’ve visited in the last 20 years. It’s a must if you’re in the area. Fabulous to walk round and see all the funny names for companies etc, a lot of tongue in cheek 😂. Some new activities added since our last visit. The mini golf is fun. And there’s some new models. A great place for all ages time and again.
    Thank you for revisiting us and really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Carol M
    Dunchurch, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just for children
    We caught the bus from Torquay harbour to this venue and it was only a 5 minute walk from the bus stop. It is not cheap to go in but you can stay as long as you like and the money goes on the upkeep of this place. It is huge. I have been to other model villages but this one is by far the best. It is very well landscaped and several animated models including firemen tackling a thatched roof which is literally on fire and you can see the flames. Brilliantly done. The attention to detail of the buildings and the model figures are superb. You can also enjoy a game of crazy golf if you wish. Very good amenities with a decked area near the café and toilets that give you a wonderful ariel view of the village. Adults and children will find this a wonderful experience and we would go again.
    Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave a fantastic review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
    Written July 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
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droppa
Newbury, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Fantastic model village, you can see how much hard work goes into maintaining the models and the gardens overall. So much to see and there’s crazy gold too which was fun even as adults.
Written June 13, 2024
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Hi droppa, Thank you for choosing to visit us and for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great visit and hope you will revisit us again when you're next in Torquay. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 18, 2024
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clarehawkins
Essex, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Totally stunning clifftop exhibition appealing for all.Was thrilling.especially enjoyed the golf and dragon with a surprise!would totally recommend.ample parking.Food options not much variety but overall impressive.
Written June 7, 2024
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Hi clarehawkins, Thank you so much for the 5 star review, really pleased t hear that you found our magical model village impressive and hope you will visit us again when you're next in Devon. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 18, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Warning: visiting Babbacombe Model Village will make all other model villages seem pathetic by comparison. Now, although I am a bit of a nut for models and miniatures, this attraction absolutely blew me away. My impression of model villages was that they often look tired, small, and a bit too quaint. This took me totally by surprise. The whole place oozes passion, everything is clean and well looked after. The small team here clearly loves the work they do; everything is constantly maintained, the greenery is exceedingly pruned to perfection, and not one ounce of scenery seemed in need of TLC. All of the sets are finely detailed, and there are plenty of little things to notice about each scene if you take your time appreciating the craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for puns galore on all the business names, and the amusing antics of the model villagers. Halfway around, there is a fun crazy golf course (included in the entry price) to break up the monotony of walking, and to let younger guests let off some steam. The newest installation, the indoor "Mythical" section, is a testament to attention-to-detail and painstaking model-making. I cannot stress how interesting this attraction is! The café serves hot food until about 3pm, plus nice coffee. I will say, the menu is a bit lacking, and the pizza is just (as far as I can tell) supermarket-bought Chicago Town, but there are paninis and sandwiches available too.

P.S., book your tickets in advance to receive a small discount, and remember that you pay on the door, not via the website. Also, the entire site is card only, so don't come with cash.
Written June 5, 2024
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WOW, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review from your recent visit. We are so thrilled to hear that you appreciated all the hard work and craftsmanship that goes in to ensure our visitors get the best experience. We hope you will revisit us when you're next in Torquay. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 18, 2024
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cltc43
Bristol, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My wife and I have been to the Model Village many times over the years, first with our children and more recently with grandchildren, and it has always been excellent.

There is so much to see, in beautiful surroundings, and every visit brings something new. This time it was the walk-through Mythical Kingdom, the crazy golf course, and many new miniature buildings and scenarios - as well as new details for the children to spot and tick off on their programmes.

If I had to find a gripe, it would be that the cafe is rather overpriced.

But the Model Village ought to be an essential part of any family visit to Torbay.
Written June 3, 2024
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Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review and to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 18, 2024
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Sue
Türkiye
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very helpful and informative at the ticket office. Certainly added to our visit Enjoyable hour looking at the models whilst my elderly mother had a comfortable seat in the viewing terrace overlooking all the village.
Written May 27, 2024
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Thank you for choosing to visit us and for leaving a review. We are pleased to hear that both yourself and your mother had an enjoyable visit with us. Best wishes, BMV
Written May 28, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I would recommend good day out for all the family and friends located in babicombe just outside torquay me and my family had the most lovely day out I've been coming to babicombe model Village all my life love it here great layout of miniature houses and more
Written May 22, 2024
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Thank you for choosing to visit us and really pleased to hear that you are a regular visitor and always enjoy our model village during each visit. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, BMV
Written May 28, 2024
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Kay P
Redruth, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Went and asked if it was suitable for a mobilty scooter told steep asked if you could look down form the cafe to see if we could manage the slopes told no as we weren't insured to go in as we haven't payed very rude man not good customer service
Written May 20, 2024
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The Model Village is built in a steep valley, however we do have quite a few customers in mobility scooters visit the gardens. It's not possible to see the gardens & pathways properly from the cafe, however, just inside the park we have a viewing terrace where it is possible to see the whole site. As this terrace is within the gardens, we have a policy where we charge admission to come in, to let people see and try. If they decide they are unable to manage it and come back to the entrance, we will issue an appropriate full refund within 15 minutes of admission, giving plenty of time to try. This was explained to you at the gate and you decided not to try it. It's a policy we have had in place for years as it has been used and appreciated by many people. Full details about access, along with photos, are on our website under accessibility.
Written May 21, 2024
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Bowsa
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great surprise!

We visited expecting very little (no pun intended), however were pleasantly surprised at the effort and creativity put into each scene!

The humour that has been added is brilliant, with figures in hilarious and borderline scenarios, which was fantastic.

Mini golf included in the ticket really helped take the edge off the ticket cost, which before entry seemed a bit much, but upon leaving is very fair!

Definitely worth a trip!!
Written May 20, 2024
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Thank you for leaving us a review and hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. Best wishes, BMV
Written May 21, 2024
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Simo
Hertfordshire, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great model village set in beautiful landscaped gardens. It is very large with lots to see and do. Nice cafe and outside seating area overlooking everything. Only downside is you have to pay for parking on top of the entrance fee, shame they can't discount it or refund it maybe ?
Written May 19, 2024
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Thank you for choosing to visit us and for taking the time to leave us a review. We have no control over the car park as this is operated and owned by local authority. Best wishes, BMV
Written May 21, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Wonderful model village. Great for all ages. Mini crazy golf was lots of fun too which is included in the price. We arrived after 11am and were there until 2.30pm. The cafeteria and welfare facilities are excellent.
Written May 18, 2024
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Thank you for your 5 star review and really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Best wishes, BMV
Written May 21, 2024
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