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“Explore Shanklin and Godshill first to truly appreciate how truly fantastic this attraction is.”

Godshill Model Village
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Godshill
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Authentic retro attraction that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Beautifully recreated models of Godshill and Shanklin Old Villages as they were in the 1920's and 30's. Passionate about details, the models are true representations of the houses, cottages and pubs you can still see in the 'real world'. NHS Partner Garden supporting the work of the Royal Horticultural Society. The gardens are packed with conifers and shrubs in the Japanese style of Niwaki, that will make you want to dash home and start gardening... Our customers tell us we inspire them or that they would like to take one of our gardeners home with them!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking
Southport, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Explore Shanklin and Godshill first to truly appreciate how truly fantastic this attraction is.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

At the end of our week in Shanklin we visited this attraction - five adults of various ages and a dog - and we were all amazed by the attention to detail! We expected the usual mix of small houses and shops etc but hadn't realised that it was a reconstruction of the towns from years ago! We all cooed and aaahed over all the roads and shops and pubs that had been recreated and how they had looked many years before! Best attraction on the island!!

Visited June 2014
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Thank Karen M
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hudsontravel, Owner at Godshill Model Village, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Karen M
Thanks for your positive comments. Our buildings are set in the 1920's & 30's so we show you a slice of Island life frozen in time. I agree that a visit to Shanklin Old Village, either before or after coming here, can give you a great comparison of then & now!
Best wishes
Penny
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Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent little attraction, an absolute must see.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

The last time I went to the IOW I wanted to go to the Model Village at Godshill but I just did not get time. This time, I made time and I am so glad I did. It may not be very large in terms of the site but it makes the very best of the land it covers and packs an awful lot of miniature houses in.

The attention to detail of the houses is simply amazing and they even have all the weathering you would expect from real houses. However what I was blown away by was the trees, bushes and hedges, they were all immaculate in miniature form. Not a shoot to be seen anyway. Having kept Bonsai trees in the past I know just how much constant maintenance is required to keep tidy, they have to keep a whole area the size of a large garden like that.

This is a brilliant attraction for adults and children alike and although it is not very big and you can easily do it all in an hour, you will want to go back around again from the start, so make that two.

Visited April 2014
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hudsontravel, Owner at Godshill Model Village, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Dear Pootleboy
I am really pleased you had time to come and visit us during your IOW trip. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It is encouraging to us and all the team to know our hard work is appreciated. Thank You!
Best wishes
Penny
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Sutton, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely few days in the Isle of Wight and spent a couple of hours in Godshill. My partner was apprehensive when I said I wanted to go into the model village but when inside changed his mind immediately. Amazing models! Lovely place to wander round and some great models to see. we loved our time in here!

Visited June 2014
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Thank LouisePearce
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hudsontravel, Owner at Godshill Model Village, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Dear LouisePearce
What lovely words! I do understand that folk often have a preconceived idea of what a Model Village is - we aim to offer something a bit different. I am very happy that we managed to change your partners mind.
Best wishes
Penny
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Romford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent way to spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We visited this with friends and had a really good time wandering around it. The models are very good, everything from a wedding to morris dancers and a cricket match are well worth viewing, also after looking at the photographs some of them are very realistic and as good as the originals in the village.

Visited May 2014
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hudsontravel, Owner at Godshill Model Village, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Dear Leslie A
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Model Village. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Best wishes
Penny
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Midlands, Ireland
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Short Visit Family Attraction”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Had an hour to spare and stopped for lunch in a tea shop and visit to the model village. Had seen this on a BBC programme and brought 2 other (sceptical) visitors to it. All enjoyed the excellence of proportion and quality of exhibit, though expensive when convert admission fee to euro. Tea shop down road on right great value for lunch. Worth seeing if you appreciate true craft work in action

Visited May 2014
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hudsontravel, Owner at Godshill Model Village, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thanks for posting a review.
Best regards
Penny
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