Follow the Brown tourism signs towards the seafront, the Model Railway Village is set inside the gardens opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel and sited to the right, next to the Marine Lake Bridge. It's totally awesome. Worthwhile even if you don't have kids to take with you. Set in 1.5 acres of beautiful miniature landscape the trains, houses, trees etc are very realistic . Based upon typical southwest Lancashire architecture the layout consists of a country scene, village and town. Movement is generated in the Model Village by one of the largest 45mm garden railway systems in the UK. With Five LGB trains continuously running on 500 metres of track. Maybe they should expand to also include cars? I wish I was small enough to be able to sit on a train and ride around the village....
Don't go on a Friday until the school holidays start as you will find it closed. During the school holidays it is open seven days a week.
We went with our two train-mad boys (then aged 2 and 4) last summer and they really enjoyed themselves. There's not actually that much to do except watch the trains go round, but they were quite happy to do that for an hour or so -- once you add in time to eat a packed lunch, we were actually there for quite a while. It's a fairly large model railway with plenty of attention to detail and a good path round which to walk, and from memory it wasn't too overpriced either. All in all, a worthwhile place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
We went when we was on a weekend break in Southport, its a nice place to visit, dont expect to spend ages there, but good to walk around about twice, my daughter loved doing the little quiz as you go round, good value for money, see some photos / video and more info at my site at kevinsimon.co.uk/?p=1239
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