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Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens

Visit this miniature world, which has been growing since 1963. See buildings, people and animals recreated with a touch of British humor.

Explore the miniature world of Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens that recreates buildings with a wide variety of architectural styles, along with famous British landmarks such as the Shard and Stonehenge. Find the tiny residents, from the animated ‘Arry to the fire-breathing dragon on the castle. Wander through the award-winning gardens or catch a 4-D film in the special effects cinema.

First opened in 1963, Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens was designed to capture a representation of the English countryside in an idealized form. The original model consisted of a variety of farms, country houses, lakes and waterfalls. It later grew to include a town and has been expanding ever since. Visit now and see a variety of animated features, railways and well-known monuments, along with over 13,000 miniature people.

Popular features of the village include the burning house, the model railway, the soccer stadium and the beach. Many of the pieces are built with a distinctly British sense of humor, from a naked streaker running across the soccer pitch to some of the shop names. There’s even a spoof of the British soap opera EastEnders. Search for the more unusual elements, such as the large dragon and the less obvious ghost haunting a tower.

Stroll through 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of miniature landscaped gardens that surround the village. Admire a huge variety of plants, shrubs and trees, all maintained by a team of professional gardeners to ensure the scenes are kept to scale. See different plants depending on the season, with colorful bedding plants in the summer and evergreen conifers in the winter. Finish your visit with a trip to the 4-D cinema, which shows films with special effects to really bring them to life.

Babbacombe Model Village is in Babbacombe, just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Torquay town center. Parking is available close to the village and the local bus service to St. Marychurch will leave you just a few minutes’ walk away. There’s a fee to see the village, with an extra charge for the cinema. Concessions are available. Opening dates and times vary considerably throughout the year, so be sure to check ahead before you visit this fascinating world.


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Lodging Near Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens

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The Trecarn Hotel

The Trecarn Hotel

Palermo Road, Torquay
2.1
of 5, from 36 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum and Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Torquay Golf Club and Babbacombe Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$58
Babbacombe Palms

Babbacombe Palms

2 York Road, Torquay
4.7
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum, Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens, and Torquay Golf Club. Babbacombe Beach and Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$78
The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Seafront, Torquay
3.6
of 5, from 260 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Torquay hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Torre Abbey. Riviera International Conference Centre and Princess Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

The Cimon

The Cimon

82 Abbey Road, Torquay
4.2
of 5, from 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Riviera International Conference Centre. Torre Abbey and Inner Harbour are also within 15 minutes.

Summerbay Resort Hotel

Summerbay Resort Hotel

7 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum and Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Torquay Golf Club and Babbacombe Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Babbacombe Hall

Babbacombe Hall

17 Manor Road, Torquay
4.6
of 5, from 48 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum and Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Torquay Golf Club and Babbacombe Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$86
Sunningdale Apartments

Sunningdale Apartments

11 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum and Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Torquay Golf Club and Babbacombe Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$86
Headland View

Headland View

37 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay
4.9
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bygones Victorian Museum and Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Torquay Golf Club and Babbacombe Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).