Pendon Museum

Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham: Hours, Address, Pendon Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Pendon Museum
4.5
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Modelling the past for the future. The benchmark for modelling excellence. Pendon's centrepiece exhibition of the Vale of White Horse is a re-creation of the rural landscape of the 1920s and 30s in breathtaking detail. Pendon is also home to our famous Dartmoor and Teignmouth Sea Wall scene models and the ground breaking Madder Valley Railway. Our volunteer guides provide informative descriptions about the history, geography, society and transport of the times. A fun and educational experience for all. We also offer a small tea room, museum shop and free wi-fi. Disabled parking and access available.
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buckscookie
Buckinghamshire35 contributions
A hidden gem down a narrow lane.

Pendon Museum was recommended by a friend who had visited recently and with a friend staying with me, we thought we’d give it a try.

What a joyous surprise and pleasure. Detailed models of 1930s rural England, based around train routes. A wonderful walk back in time to a bye gone age, so not just a scenic model railway but a view of social, domestic and economic history.
I don't really think the museum is suitable for under 5 year olds, because they will need to be lifted to see the models and the model detail will pass them by.
Its real impact is for adults I think.

The two gentlemen volunteers were helpful, informative, cheerful and enthusiastic.
Prices are very much more reasonable at a time when others seem to want to charge as much as they can get away with. A 20 seat coffee/tea room is available for drinks and snacks at reasonable prices and the small shop had a range of railway enthusiast books and model making kits, as well as books and items suitable for children.

Free parking was immediately outside.
Clean, tidy and modern toilet facilities easily accessible.

I highly recommend this museum, a very interesting exhibit to fascinate and interest.
Written November 15, 2021
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Matthew C
Retford, UK78 contributions
Family
Visited this weekend with my 10year old son who had expressed an interest in modelling. What an amazing place, two floors of massive model railways in a level of detail which has to be seen to be believed. Despite a few electrical problems the two active exhibits were working well and the staff were enthusiastic, informative and generous with their time. The coffee in the cafe was also great quality! (and price).
A great 2.5hrs spent and we came away with my son planning his first layout🙂🙂
You will need to walk the museum at least x2 as each time you'll notice something different!
Try to spot the guy using the urinal in The Vale Scene!!
Written August 8, 2022
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David V
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The volunteer staff were welcoming and helpful. The models of buildings in the landscape were probably the best you are likely to see anywhere and evoke the spirit of a bygone era of British countryside. Lots of intricate detail and accurate interprettions of the railways of the 1930's The information boards were informative. There are stairs to the different levels ,not too steep, but a stair lift is available . The cafe was small but nice and the prices were not too dear.
Written May 17, 2022
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Alan B
Burford, UK186 contributions
We have been visiting Pendon for many years. This time there were quite a few new things to see, as well as old favourites. Two of our party had never been before and were fascinated and amazed. As usual the staff were informative, helpful and friendly.
Even if you are not particularly interested in railways (either model or full size) you will be entranced by Pendon.
Written August 11, 2022
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TWSS601
Ashford, UK51 contributions
Be prepared for a surprise. This is not just a model railway, it is a visual historical record of rural life ninety years ago. The modelling demonstrated in the the village and the countryside scenes is exceptional. So much to see. And the keen and knowledgeable volunteers will draw your attention to minute details that you might otherwise have missed. You could spend many fascinating hours here. Another visitor we spoke to was preparing to do just that! There's a cafe for light refreshments and a pub serving food nearby. Usually open weekends and school holidays but check website for opening arrangements because of current restrictions - pendonmuseum.com.
Written March 15, 2020
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yeovil81
Wallingford, UK12 contributions
Family
A great little museum with fabulous historical railway layouts and run by enthusiastic and very helpful volunteers. 4 year old granddaughter loved it and was given her own step so she could see everything without being lifted up. Great value.
Written February 3, 2020
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Raymondo
Swansea, UK29 contributions
Couples
Superb if you understand modelling. Worth a visit if you appreciate quality models. It takes you back in time and is explained by knowledgable volunteers. I suggest you go round twice as you miss a lot the first time. Have a tea in small cafe area and go round again. A must place to visit for all modellers.
Written February 9, 2020
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TravelReviewer360
United Kingdom8 contributions
Family
This was the worst place my family have ever had the displeasure of visiting. Good model villages etc are always well worth seeing, but this was terrible. The scene was very old, dusty, and had very little to look at (e.g. few people, few buildings). The 'model makers' had also decided that adding some rude scenes was appropriate (such as a man urinating, which the 'guide' decided, in a rather creepy manner, was a good idea to point out to my daughter). Only one train was running on the tracks, so there was very little to see and very little movement on this dull scene. The night time scene was not working. Given the extortionate cost of this museum, and the fact there was literally nothing to see or marvel at, we will not be returning, and would NOT recommend a visit to anyone. We're shocked it's still open.
Written May 29, 2014
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Ella F
Basingstoke, United Kingdom78 contributions
Couples
We paid £6.30 and it took 20 mins to walk around. It's taken 15 years to nearly complete the village. It was very pretty, but it isn't worth the travel. Luckily I only came from the local area, so wasn't to far. I feel the price was a bit much, for what we got.
Written September 16, 2015
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Ruby L
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Family
I visited Pendon with a friend and her 9 year old grandson on Easter Sunday. We parked on site without any problem. The staff were very helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to explain what was going on with the workings of the trains and answered all of our questions. The Vale scene was particularly thought provoking for me as some of the buildings modelled are there in the Vale of White Horse to this day and can be viewed in real life. My friend's grandson had an audio guide and a quiz which kept his interest going for the whole of the visit. When he handed in the results of the quiz he was given a fridge magnet and a crème egg which made his eyes sparkle! We had a drink in the café before leaving. It was a most enjoyable visit - one which will be repeated before too long I am sure.
Written April 3, 2018
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