A World in Miniature Museum

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Roypaul2011
Cardiff, UK17 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This little gem is easy to miss. Placed in the basement of a garden centre with not a lot of signage to direct you there.
I fortunately found it purely by looking at things to do on trip advisor while spending a few days in Carlisle.
We had a spare afternoon one day so went for it.
Ridiculously inexpensive for admission, we spent at least two hours looking at the rooms.
It is amazing, with so much detail on the minuscule objects. I’m sure we probably missed things as there are so many tiny things to spot. In particular, look out for the sweet seller. The detail is incredible.
If close by, make the visit a must!!!
Written 7 June 2022
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Neil_HD_50
Edinburgh, UK382 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Easy to get to and not expensive to get in. Some amazing models by real craftspeople. Currently the signage/settings need some TLC but that doesn’t detract too much from the exhibits. Took us an hour or so to look around. Nice that the entrance fee includes use of a magnifying glass … because they are needed to see the details.
Written 16 February 2022
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Maria H
218 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
What a lovely little find this place was. Entry was only £2.50 each you get given a magnifying glass to see all the miniature details theres a lot of miniatures to look at from miniature rooms, shops and workshops clothes and the smallest teddy bear in the world look carefully as it looks like a speck of fluff till you look at it under the magnifying glass. Its on the basement level and well worth an hour or so of your time.
Written 11 November 2021
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Ian Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK68 contributions
Nov 2021
We had been to the Garden Centre a few times and then noticed this exhibit was in the basement. It is mentioned in the book Northern Delights, otherwise we would have missed it. It can be found at the back of the basement of the garden centre at the far end of the craft section. Amazingly it is only £2.50 to enter, it’s very good value for money. You’re given a magnifying glass as you need it to see the detail. It is amazing to see the workmanship, mind boggling. What an earth is this exhibit doing in the basement of a garden centre. It should be attached to a big museum or gallery.
Written 6 November 2021
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AuM2008
Edinburgh, UK60 contributions
Sep 2021
Expected like miniature famous sights like other cities have but then it was out of your life showing situations perfectly done in mini down to the decorations in rooms or professions... you get a magnifying glass with the entrance tickets. Only downside was to ectually find it. It is hidden in a garden centre and no signs lead to it. Had to ask customer service to find it.
Written 27 September 2021
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Sandancer77
Wemyss Bay, UK1,860 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Located in the basement of a garden centre, it’s very easy to miss as we have on a previous visit! Costing only £2.50 to enter, it’s very good value for money. You’re given a magnifying glass as you need it to see such fine, exquisite detailing in all the models. They are unbelievable!! Such attention to detail. Each display has a write up about it. A few lights within a few displays weren’t working which meant they were a bit dark. A wonderful place to visit!
Written 13 September 2021
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bempey22
Thrapston, UK408 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Our family with a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy really loved this place. The craftsmanship of the tiny furniture, including inlaid marquetry was astonishing. Each little room is done in exquisite detail, and has a information card detailing the most important item in each room. They are well worth reading. There are 2 levels to view the miniatures from so they can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Be sure not to miss the world's smallest Teddy bear, and the amazing tiny blown glass.
It cost our family only £6 total for entry, and it was worth it.
There is no photography allowed in the museum.
Written 29 July 2020
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Katak B
8 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
In the basement of the garden centre, spent a couple of hours here on wet day, it was absolutely fascinating. The workmanship will take your breath away.
Written 16 March 2020
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Kensingtonia
London, UK43 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
The miniatures are incredible and I could have spent all day looking at them and discovering new aspects. If these items were in the V & A they would be a famous attraction. I would through recommend it, we were a group of adults and visited on a weekday in term time so it was deserted. The setting itself was a little worn out, but the garden centre itself was good if pricey.
Written 28 September 2019
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GlenCollie
Elderslie, UK149 contributions
Aug 2019
We were meeting friends for lunch at the Houghton Hall Garden Centre, and came across this amazing little museum quite by chance. It is located downstairs at the back of the craft department (where some nice ladies were busily involved in knitting). There is an admission charge to the museum (small to match the size of the displays) and absolutely well worth it.

A wee bit about the displays which are installed in a well designed series of windows in the walls. Although the windows are at a comfortable height for grown-ups, there is a walkway around the display for folk like my granddaughter, aged 4, to be able to see everything easily. There's obviously been a great deal of thought put into the display.

The exhibits consist of a series of rooms and street scenes containing furnishings and decor from a wide range of history. There's everything from Rembrandt's studio (complete with a selection of paintings all to scale) to a replica of the "White Bedroom" in Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House, complete with exact replicas of the furniture.

I could go on, as there are probably close to a hundred displays, but you really have to go and see it for yourself. As the food in the restaurant upstairs is excellent, and the garden centre has much to offer (not to mention the City of Carlisle) it is well worth the effort of making the trip and spending the time. If you live in Carlisle and you've never been... well shame on you!
Written 19 August 2019
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