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“Better than expected”

Babbacombe Model Village
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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. NOTE: Opening times signify the admission times - opening to latest entry.
Essex
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

My husband was even impressed with the detail and wit in all the models. Beautifully laid out and a great deal to see.

Visited July 2014
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themodelvillage, Manager at Babbacombe Model Village, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
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  • Danish first
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English first
Magherafelt, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excellent Place to Visit”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a great place to visit no matter what your age. The grounds are kept so well and the paths are well laid out so that you don't miss out on anything. Plenty of activities which include mini golf (which is FREE), 4d Cinema (£1 per person), racing radio controlled cars & boats (£1 per go) and feeding the fish (50p for food).

Then we went to the café/shop for lunch. The food was lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful. Plenty of things to buy in the shop as gifts or souvenirs.

Your entrance fee includes returning to the Model Village at night to see the models all lit up, which we did and was well worth the return visit.

All in all a great day out for all the family. Thanks and keep up the hard work.

Visited July 2014
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themodelvillage, Manager at Babbacombe Model Village, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent model village”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Great day out for the family. Price may be a little much but worth a visit. Would recommend doing this trip on a nice clear day as most times when it rains it makes the day out frustrating.

Visited April 2014
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themodelvillage, Manager at Babbacombe Model Village, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Little people”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a place to spend hours and always something you have missed in a past visit,never boring not just for children

Visited June 2014
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themodelvillage, Manager at Babbacombe Model Village, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
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Torquay, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“More than just a village”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

What a wonderful attraction. The model village is a little model world! I went with my 2 grandchildren aged 14 and 11 and they were enthralled. The models and their surroundings are outstandingly accurate and you can look into a lot of the buildings and see the families watching TV, the firemen working, the cricket and football matches, the fairground rides, the train travelling around - I could go on and on. We visited the village on a later closure day and gradually the village became illuminated - just beautiful. It's a great attraction both day and evening and nearer to Christmas it is decorated with lights and artificial snow so this year we will be going back in December.

Visited November 2013
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themodelvillage, Manager at Babbacombe Model Village, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you for visitng us and for your kind review. Just to note, our Winter Wonderland snow event is now planned to run every few years (due to the maintenance impact it has on the gardens and models). Future dates for this snow event are yet to be confirmed, however we will still be running a Christmas event every year, with magical lights, Santa and pantomine.
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