I love this place. I remember going when was a kid - a long time ago - and then I took my 4. They loved it. Never seen anything quite like it. The info says a walk around takes 1 hour - we took 3. There's so much detail to laugh at, and just plain fun to be had.
I went in the Summer, when it had a night time session too.
My parents took me to the Model Village a hundred times when I was a child and I recently went back....as a grown up (debatably) 28 year old.
I don't know what it is about small things, but they just grab my interest (and that has no reflection on my boyfriend, just so you know where we stand).
Amongst the miniature famous landmarks and local sites of interest there are a lot of funny scenes for adults (from the man with an arrow in his butt to Basil Faulty and Manuel). The burning house with a half naked lady in the window is my favourite.
Set in 4 acres of picturesque gardens the Model Village is a good place to spend an afternoon; but don't expect it to take you a whole day. Personally I'd go on a winters evening when they open late, switch all the lights on and the whole place is covered in fake snow.
I don't know what it is about people, but we all seem to have a slight fascination with things that are tiny. For instance, ants. We are constantly amazed at their work ethic, their little, furry legs carting morsels of food exponentially heavier than they are. It seems that we also have a congenital affinity for the grandiose. Take for instance our awe and wonder at the cosmos and outer space.
What happens when these to inherent and undeniable traits of the human psyche are mixed is phenomenal and exciting and puts a huge smile on my face. I'm talking about the experience of visiting Babbacombe's Model Village in Torquay.
The model village is an epic, heartwarming look at humanity that is more than just a day out. It is seeing the world the way those aliens who may or may not exist sees us. It is understanding how being tiny enough to continue a life completely unnoticed most of the time still remains detrimental to our ecosystem.
Of course, this probably wasn't the creator's intent, but still, the opportunity to recognize ourselves is present in Babbacombe. It is what the village shouts when you enter that wide expanse of outdoor area and peer down at a tiny replica of our world.
So, what's in Babbacombe? Everything that already exists in society. You have suburban houses with perfectly manicured lawns and suburban dads washing cars and playing ball with tiny suburban sons. You have roof gardens and pool parties and dozens of tiny people lounging on the beach. See if you can spot the nudists!
Garbage collectors remove household waste from the sides of roads while construction workers repair damages ... or make matters worse. There is a castle, an ant-sized replica of Stonehenge and a soccer game complete with streakers.
Babbacombe has a bustling metropolis: shops and restaurants, an airport and a train station and a fire department saving the whole establishment from the ruin of a perpetually-burning flame. There's a historic section, referencing some of the greatest and most memorable people and events in human history. Similar to the real world, Babbacombe also has a strong celebrity presence. You can find Fawlty Towers's Manuel and Basil lurking among the streets of Babbacombe as well as the world's favorite tranny, Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
When you exit Babbacombe, you do so by way of the flaring nostrils of a firing breathing dragon. When you leave, you instantly want to return to that magic land where everything is impossibly tiny, yet functions in the same way as ours. The lights switch on at dusk, they decorate for Christmas ... everything is the same. Just beautifully and artistically done with a shrinking machine.
I had my doubts about going here while vacationing in the South of England, but my girlfriend convinced me and it turned out to be pretty cool. It was much bigger than I expected and a lot more fun than I anticipated for my age. I was always a lego kid growing up, so this played on those great childhood memories and I had a fun time. Despite the rain, we had a great time and will probably come back next time we visit.
Nice little tourist attraction for all the family. Gets quite busy most of the year as its popular with coach parties. Lots of attention to detail with the models. The only downside is its pretty expensive.
We love this place, the entry fee includes one free carer for disabled which was a good thing because this was quite steep and hilly at the start. The models are amazing and there's a great quiz where you hunt for letters hidden amongst the models. We all loved it and would happily go again.
A great Torbay attraction and its been going since time and momoral, its a great day out for the family and often there is night time attraction so you can view the model village by day and return the same evening to see the light show or other events they have throughout the year
I remember going as a child and now i am taking my children and its is fantasic at chritmas when they cover the whole village in snow
Great attraction and always worth a visit, It is slightly expensive but an enjoyable day
We had a wonderful morning here during our honeymoon earlier this year. The entrance price seemed very reasonable though I don't remember exactly what it was. The atmosphere inside was lovely, the models amazing. I really enjoyed finding all 26 letterland characters hidden among the models, while my husband loved the trains which run around the models.
A really enjoyable attraction. Try and visit in December if you can- the whole attraction gets covered with snow and transforms into a Winter Wonderland!
Can be interesting if its your first time there but overall a bit boring.Abit expensive and hard to push a pram around.handy for parking and good at christmas when they cover it with snow!
My kids love it here. The entrance fee is fairly reasonable. It is even more reasonable if you upgrade to a weekly pass or an annual pass.
It is rather steep but it is do-able! We always spot something new whenever we go. It is brilliant at night when it is lit-up. As part of the entrance price if you go during the day you can return later as once you have paid for the day you can come and go as many times as you please for the day.
It is also well worth going to the winter-wonderland in the run-up to christmas as it is transformed by lots of snow and icicles.
I enjoyed a concession discount as I am a uni student so I paid £7.xx, which is really reasonable considering that there were loads to enjoy in this village!
I thought Babbacombe Model Village covered virtually every aspect of what we see if real life - train stations, shopping centres, people's daily commute. The daytime/nighttime difference is really cool too - and they hold different events according to different seasons! There's no doubt people selling the attraction have creative minds =]
There are quite many trees in the attraction and I am sure you find visiting it as comfortable as I have thought=]
Getting to and from BMV is also convenient - take the no. 12 or 32 bus which stops very near the site and will stop at Torquay strand (near Living coast).
P.S. In the souvenir shop there are even site-catered postcards!!
Whenever we visit Torquay we love the Model Village in Babbacome. It is the best model village we have come across. Always being updated and a fun place to explore. Close to the Oddiscombe Cliffs and a few other attractions you can happily spend a good day in this part of town. We often try to stay in a sea view apartment/ hotel nearby as the sea views are so lovely. If you hold on to your ticket/stamp on hand, you can return to the Model Village in the evening to see the buildings at night. Wonderful.
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