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Pendon Museum

High Street, Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD, England
+44 1865 407365
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Interesting for most age groups from 8-80.

I visited Pendon with a friend and her 9 year old grandson on Easter Sunday. We parked on site... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Ruby L
Detailing a model scene

What a great place for model railways and “How To” detail a railway scene. The volunteer... read more

Reviewed March 29, 2018
Steve H
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Reading, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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High Street, Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD, England
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+44 1865 407365
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

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...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

What a great place for model railways and “How To” detail a railway scene. The volunteer instructors, Mick and Nick, spent the whole day taking us through the process and we were able to try many products and their alternatives. Brilliant interaction and the highest...More

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Be prepared to be amazed , the detail is astonishing and really reflects the area. Individual houses are recognisable and extremely accurate. Look out for the fox !

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Pendon museum is a must visit for model enthusiasts with some fantastic scenes and train models. Friendly, informative staff also make it enjoyable. But for a family with young children it’s perhaps a rather limited experience lacking the fun of nearby Bekonscot model village.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed March 23, 2018

There are superb layouts and very informative staff. It's not just about trains though; the incredible model buildings and the landscape really create images of the countryside from a bygone age. Don't be 'put off' if you're not that bothered about model railways.

Thank Tony G
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

One of the most detailed models you can see anywhere. Not just the trains but the buildings and the countryside are exquisite. It shows a way of life now disappeared but was almost unchanged from the period depicted until the 1950s.

Thank Bob R
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Seeing is believing at Pendon museum. They hope one day to be able to say it is finished but what you see today is really unbelievable. The main layout is 'OO' I think (not an expert) but to see a robin on a garden fork...More

Thank ozziemog
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

A delightful experience, great models made with incredible skill and patience. Staff/volunteers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

The staff were great both in informing visitors and with the children when they were making scenery on Wednesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it will go again

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Took a visit with my girlfriend and her father. The modelling skills on show are exceptional and realistic and the railway layouts add another dimension. The history behind the museum and the knowledge of the volunteers give the visitor all they need to know about...More

Thank TJ P
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