Pendon Museum

Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham: Tickets, Tours, 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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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JAMES A
Yapton, UK3 contributions
Great isir
Jun 2021 • Solo
On each layout. I looked to previous and saw something that I missed. The trains are great. Take your eyes from the railway. This is landscape modelling at its best. The Vale layout. So many cameos that help recreate the feel of England in the 1920's.
Written June 5, 2021
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TWSS601
Ashford, UK47 contributions
Not just a model railway layout.
Mar 2020
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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Raymondo
Swansea, UK29 contributions
Modellers delight
Feb 2020 • 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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yeovil81
Wallingford, UK12 contributions
Brilliant railway
Feb 2020 • 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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SandraJ
Whitchurch, UK40 contributions
Staff very knowledgeable and helpful
Nov 2019
Took our 2 granddaughters aged 5 and 7 to Pendon Museum - they loved it especially as there were questions to answer as they went around and a prize at the end! There are craft sessions in the school holidays which they hope to go to and we would certainly recommend it as a good family time together.
Written December 9, 2019
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Kate S
Wallingford, UK4 contributions
Fascinating for train fans
Feb 2019 • Solo
One of those cute, off the beaten track tourist attractions created by fans for fans. Well signposted. Limited parking, especially at the weekend. Will pass an hour or two depending on your interest level or that of your group.
Written December 4, 2019
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jennylee6670
4 contributions
Pendon museum
Sep 2019 • Family
I took my six year old grandson. We had a great time looking at the detailed scenery and watching the trains go round. He made a scene for a station model,which we completed at home. He was allowed to start two of the trains off. The cafe offered a basic menu but was clean and pleasant. My grandson said it was his best day ever.
Written November 6, 2019
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Liz K
Basingstoke, UK19 contributions
Excellent day at Pendon
Oct 2019 • Couples
Just back from a fascinating day at Pendon. A great day out for any railway modelling enthusiast, but also much to absorb anyone who is interested in the history of rural England, Old cottages, landscape, and also the amazing craftsmanship. Like stepping back into rural England of the 1930s. The staff were very helpful and always ready to chat and provide information, and talk through things if we asked. There is a raised step along the layouts so children and small adults (like me!) can step up to see the full landscape. They turn the lights out occasionally on the main layout upstairs so you can see the illuminated interiors of some of the buildings.

On a practical side, the car park is fairly small so best to get there early-ish. Good toilets. Hot drinks are available along with chocolate bars and a few sweet snacks which can be eaten in a refreshment room. We took our own sandwiches which was not a problem. There is a Stannah-type stair lift to the upper floor.

Highly recommended!
Written October 26, 2019
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Iain T
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK10 contributions
A (hidden) gem of precision modelling of how things were in the Vale almost 100 years ago
Oct 2019
I loved it, but it is all about expectations. I am into modelling, model making and railway modelling so I was overwhelmed by the superb exhibition of precision modelling in all its aspects. On the other hand I can understand how some of the people giving bad reviews having brought young children could have been disappointed. I suppose it would depend on the enthusiasm of the parents and the guide

This is not an easy place to get to (thaks Google Maps without which I wouldn't have made it) but if you like its subject matter (precision modelling of a lost age in this country) then it is so, so worth the trouble to get here.

This is an excellent museum created and run by volunteers and is a living testament to a bygone era.
Written October 20, 2019
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Laurence
1 contribution
Turned away at the door to get back to reading their paper
Oct 2019
Disappointed, as I couldn't get in. I've wanted to visit for a while and cycled there, but was told a few minutes after last admission that I wouldn't be allowed in. I was still happy to pay for a full ticket and would have been happy with half an hour to look around, however the volunteer seemed more interested in getting back to their paper than serving me. Even if it was policy not to let me in, it would have made the difference if they had engaged with me. Having volunteered myself at railway attractions, where the customer service was always the priority, this was a shame. Also, as it's a popular cycling area it would be nice if there was somewhere to lock bicycles that was not the handrail where cars have evidently reversed into before.
Written October 6, 2019
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