I have visited Merrivale Model Village on and off for all of my life (39 years). Throughout these years I have had three children (now age 9,7 and 3). These will no doubt continue my tradition for their life time. Tickets might not seem cheap, but they are valid for the whole day of purchase, so if you leave you can go back for more, we often do. Not only is the model village full of new constructions, but also those that were there when I was a child. Some say they are dated, but to appreciate that many of these are well in excess of 20 years old shows that they are of emmense quality and that Merrivale rather than choosing to just reinvest in new models retain those that have given enjoyment for all. Do you really only want to see new buildings, I think not! Crazy golf if included in the price, obviously not the best crazy golf, but it certainly entertains. The walkways will accomodate wheelchairs and when I had a double buggy even that was accomodated. Trains run throughout the village (nodel trains obviously), it is great to hear "I can hear a train coming mummy", followed by a "Wow". For those that may need a seat while going around the village there are plenty. Throughout there are buttons that the children can press (or adults!) which make models come to life with movement and sound. There are some radio controlled boats and trucks at a reasonable price (the kids love them, so do a lot of adults!). When you "leave" the village, you go into an amazing area full of arcade games (don't worry you don't need to part with a lot of money, the majority are 2p a go). There is an area that amazes adults there are amusements that were around from 20 years ago to in excess of 50 years ago "the drunked sailor, one armed bandits and many more", adults that knew of these love them, as do those that never had the opportunity to see these ( I saw a 59 year old amazed to the point of speechless when he saw them and further amazement when he realised that old pennies were available as these actually still work). The tea room/cafe is resonably priced and accomodate well (my children only eat a very small portion, so they accomodated by providing food for the three children at a price of two kids meals). Sitting in the cafe area, there are rides that I went on as a child again all working. The area not within the village, is accesable even if you do not pay to go into the village. Don't miss it, you will go back! you need to see it to appreciate it, I can't really express it all in words!
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