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“A Seaside Tradition”

Southsea Model Village
Ranked #40 of 126 things to do in Portsmouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Southsea Model Village is a 1/12th scale village built in 1956. We are located on Southsea seafront next to the canoe lake and rose gardens. Just 30 seconds walk from the beach. There is also ample parking only 100 yards walk away. The model village is a delightful place to spend time for both young and old. We have a Toy Museum with toys from the past and present. An interactive miniature model fairground. The Rifleman's Tunnel which is 125ft long and holds our scale handmade model of Portsmouth Guildhall and Spinnaker Tower. Also our large g scale railway with Thomas And Friends,chugging around the Village which is especially enjoyed by our younger visitors. Not forgetting our own Castle over looking the Solent with wonderful views for miles, a perfect spot for a picnic. We have a great Snack Bar on site serving ice cream,hot & cold food, including Chips, hot dogs ,homemade gourmet burgers and baguettes with fillings of your choice all freshly made.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Model villages have been one of the traditional seaside entertainment for many years but this one is slightly different in being built within a part of Lumps Fort, one of the Defence Forts for Portsmouth. The entrance is next to a good café with hot and cold food and shown at it’s best on a warm sunny day. The model village itself is an eclectic mix of all types and sizes with a model railway running through and well maintained and planted. There are amusing names for the shops and buildings and in particular look out for the epitaphs on the gravestones. Additionally within parts of the Fort structure you can walk through the original Rifleman’s Tunnel to a large detailed model of Portsmouth Guildhall in Balsa Wood and a model of The Spinnaker Tower made from matchsticks. Additionally in separate buildings there are toy and doll collections displayed. Opening is seven days a week until the end of September from 10.30am until 6.00pm Then for the Winter period Sat/Sun only from 10.30am to 5.00pm (October until the end of March). Tickets are £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for children plus concessions

1  Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

i'm just back from portsmouth, and my son loved the place, which is lovely, worth 2 hours for little ones, who enjoy to follow trains on their paths, thomas and friends are here!

the seaview from the castle replica is very nice.

i felt like a child at heart coming here.

there is a plyground just nearby, and a coffee where you can also have a snack or hot food.

the pyramides center is not far away, if your children did'nt have enough entertainment for the day.

2  Thank kyotogirl94
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Well, this is a bit weird. It's got a selection of models, most of which look like they could do with a bit of maintenance, plus they are not particularly good at keeping things to the same scale - so for example, some of the figures placed outside the school would never fit within the door! There was also a live cat wandering round the exhibits which added an element of humour to the whole thing (he's there regularly as he lives there).

There are also some additional exhibits, including an odd collection of Kinder and Happy Meal toys and some rather evil looking dolls! Plus some live birds in an avery for no particular reason.

Quite expensive for what it was.

On the upside, there is a series of model Thomas the Tank Engine trains running round the site, and my (not particularly picky) 2yr old was enchanted with these.

2  Thank 639AnnaP
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Taken from their website
'The Model Village will be open every weekend till Easter,and then open every day till October'.
We thought this would be a lovely Sunday trip for the kids. The website says it opens at 10:30, we got there at 11:00 and the shutters were down. Shame they couldn't either be bothered to open or to update their website.

1  Thank david_k_76_11
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

This is a really cool model village, it hasn't changed for about 30 years. It doesn't need to. Except for the gollywogs in the doll shed. I used to come here with my nan when I was younger. Entrance is only £1 and they start the Thomas the Tank engine train tracks when you come in. Talk about customer service. Pretty sure they sell ice creams too.

Thank edcresdee
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