Babbacombe Model Village

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Babbacombe Model Village
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Babbacombe Model Village is Torquay's most popular and visited attraction. Representing British life and culture over the last five decades all in miniature. Animated scenes, along with touches of very English humour bring it all to life. Taking you on a fun, informative and nostalgic trip through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to present day, it has appeal for all ages. Famous for its lovely setting in 4 acres of award-winning gardens that are a delight to experience all year round. See website for opening times
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mollymagooDerby
Heanor, UK260 contributions
Couples
We are currently on a two week holiday in Torbay area . We have a bus that goes from the holiday park we are staying at that goes every 30 mins along the coast ( £5 day rider ticket) so we decided to go up to babbacombe and visit the model village you don’t have to but you can book an arrival time ( we booked 11am ) and it gives you a discount on entry price but you can stay as long as you want ( you still pay at the gate ) we arrive in babbacombe itself at 10.45 but got of the bus at the theatre to admire the view. Before heading to the model village. I have been to various model villages in various coastal resorts babbacombe is by far the best . It’s well landscaped and various settings around the ground with area of the in that will be fimilar not just areas of Torbay. A lot of animation with models including a fire breathing dragon! There’s is also some indoor models and scenes from tv shows & movies we spent a good couple of hours there but could have spent longer. All payments have to be card payment wether it’s entry or purchasing gifts or in cafe . Highly recommend they are also open in the evening when it’s all illuminated that I would love to see
Written September 13, 2021
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What a lovely review and thank you for visiting us and do hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. BMV
Written September 14, 2021
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underwood535
Chichester, UK14 contributions
This lovely little attraction was easily accessed by bus from Torquay town.

It is a good place to visit for any age group and it allows well behaved dogs which is a bonus when you are travelling alone with your pooch. Also there wasn't any charge for the dog to enter, the only place dogs are not allowed is the ensite Cafe.

The model village was very well cared for with lots of exhibits that kept up with the times.
I visited at 10am and found that my dog and I could get around the park easily without having to que up behind other visitors.

I thought the entrance price of £15.00 per adult was a little steep but as it was going to be a one off visit I decided to go.
They only offer 50p discount if 4 or more go if pre-booked, NO discount if you just turn up.

Overall I am glad I went, but the price would put me off taking others with me as there isn't a massive amount for easily bored kids to do there.
Written May 21, 2022
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Thank you for visiting us and for your review, it is great to hear how much you appreciated and enjoyed the model village. I am sorry to hear that your kids were bored though. All of our feedback suggests quite the contrary and children usually really enjoy the 9-hole crazy golf, finding spotter sheet characters and seeing all the other fun and comical scenes. Sorry if you found it a little expensive, but if I may just mention that we are a unique attraction where everything is hand crafted and uniquely made. With hundreds of models, this comes at a cost when each model runs into several thousand pounds. That said, our admission prices are totally on par with all other attractions in the area, in fact we are a bit cheaper than most. For anyone planning a visit, if you book we do offer a £1.25 per person discount, and then a further 50p per person discount for groups of 4 or more paying. As always, full details and useful tips can be found on our website. Thanks again for coming to see us and we do hope you will visit us again in the future
Written May 21, 2022
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Chris W
Harrogate, UK209 contributions
Family
A wonderful attraction for all the family. The models are incredibly clever and innovative with plenty of humour. They are regularly updated and have special features for example we visited over the Jubilee and there was a challenge for children to spot the beefeaters in the various and extensive displays.

Be aware that it's obviously a largely outdoor attraction so weather dependent and built into a steep hillside.

The reason it lose a point is the cost. You have to pay to park, entry to the site is quite expensive and if you vist the cafe and giftshop that's more on top. They do offer concessions, including for senior citizens and it's worth knowing that if at least one of your party lives within the Torbay Council area and produces proof of address then the whole group gets 25% off
Written June 15, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sounds like you had a great visit which we would have thought that meant good value for money. Just a couple of points: 1) The car park is owned and operated by local authority so unfortunately we have no control over this 2) We do offer a discount rate for anyone who books an arrival slot online which we heavily promote across our social media channels and, compared to many other visitor attractions in and around the area, we feel we are very fairly priced. 3) Our local resident discount is not just for anyone living within Torbay, it's anyone who live within a TQ, EX or PL postcode. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 21, 2022
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Paul P
Swanley, UK4 contributions
We 'booked online' (it's a voucher code for free that gives you £1 off on entry). On arrival, we were greeted and directed around to the start of the tour with a 'Where's Wally' style find piece of paper which added to the entertainment on the way around. Toilets were clean and the cafe was reasonably priced. The models were great to see and they were clearly keen to keep the village relevant and up to date with famous scenes and characters on the way around. We stayed for around 1.5 hours which was plenty for us. The hills were steep but good flooring meant I felt stable as I ambled around. All in all, we had a good time and would visit again.
Written October 21, 2021
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Thanks for your review and hope to see you again when you're next visiting the area. BMV
Written October 26, 2021
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Ben White
Northampton, UK1,568 contributions
Family
Wow, wow, wow. This place is spectacular. I’ve been to model villages in the past, but this place trumps anything I’ve been to before.
It’s £14.50 per adult if you book online in advance but more expensive if you pay ‘on the door’.
Inside there’s a viewing platform that looks out over the model village, so you can admire all of its beauty. At the top there’s also a cafe, toilets and gift shop if you’re hungry or would like a souvenir.
The village itself is mind blowing. The amount of detail, work and time that goes into is phenomenal. Even though it was raining when we visited, that didn’t stop us nor did it deter away from the beauty of this place.
There’s interactive features dotted around the village, as well as crazy golf and two indoor sections of the village.
Overall, an amazing place to visit whether you have small children or a group of young adults. A must see if visiting Torquay.
Written June 26, 2022
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Hi Ben927, Wow, thank you so much for this fantastic review and it's always great to hear when our visitors say such amazing things about their experience. We hope to see you again very soon. Best wishes, BMV
Written June 29, 2022
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Jordan
Cardiff, UK7 contributions
I was surprised by how enthralled I was by the Babbacome Model Village. The attention to detail was superb and it's so fun to walk about and spot all the little details in the pieces. Even as a solo travelling young adult, I still had a great time exploring the village and would recommend others to take an hour and a half or two to do so.
Written July 19, 2022
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Hi RoadRed, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're really pleased to hear that you had a great time exploring our model village and enjoyed all the hidden details. We hope to see you again when you're next in the area. Best wishes, BMV
Written July 21, 2022
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Mattt035
Stoke-on-Trent, UK44 contributions
Couples
If you find yourself in this part of the country, I couldn't recommend Babbacombe Model Village enough. It is spectacular and a great day out. The entrance price for an adult is £12.50, believe me it is well worth the money. Parking is not included and a council car park is out front. We were at this attraction for 2 and a half hours, and I would suggest looking for free parking located on Hampton Avenue which is adjacent to the council car park.

The attraction is dog friendly and perfect for both children and adults. There is an onsite café, gift shop, outdoor terrace and toilets. They are following covid guidelines by providing hand sanitizer, wearing masks in indoor spaces and operating a one way system to keep visitors safe. Make sure you pre book a timeslot on their website so you're not disappointed on the day. Remember to charge your camera's!!!

Hope you decide to go and have a lovely day and don't forget to walk around twice!!!
Written October 7, 2020
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pmg1969
52 contributions
Family
Great selection of models, some vehicles and building have some really amusing company names on them, will make you chuckle.

Well laid out but a few steep slopes, some undercover areas for when the Forever changing weather catches you out. Gift shop has a variety of gifts at reasonable prices. Entry price is a little high as it’s hard to spend more than an hour looking at a leisurely pace there.

Parking is Pay & Display but machines were not accepting cash when we went so we paid via phone app.
Written September 5, 2021
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Thanks for the review and good to hear you had plenty of laughs. BMV
Written September 8, 2021
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Adam K
Bingley, UK29 contributions
The models are kept updated and current. There is a definite difference between the older ones (which look like giant candles with arms and legs) and the newer ones (where you can see the wrinkles on their foreheads). The site is quite small and can get congested in certain areas. The grounds are well kept and there's a lot of staff on hand taking care of the gardens. The biggest flaw with the place is the cost as it's rather expensive given the amount of time it takes to do a circuit. There's a lot of hidden adult references here (like the peeping Tom) which make it quite interesting too.

Tip: Walk slowly, do another lap, and try to spot everything you can to make the most of your time there!
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. BMV
Written August 27, 2021
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Ilovefeedback
5 contributions
Family
The last time we came here was about three years ago and we enjoyed it then too, but the models seemed to have had an amazing facelift since we last came and honestly, I was so impressed! The kids (one and four) both absolutely loved it, especially the moving train. It only took us about 45 minutes to go round the whole thing but it was raining. I think we would've stayed longer if it had been nicer weather. Very friendly member of staff selling tickets. The miniature trees etc were also so well maintained and the whole grounds are just beautiful. It was all very safe and tickets are limited so we didn't feel rushed walking round. We would come regularly if the tickets were not so expensive, if the cafe was updated and I'd the giftshop had more exciting things for the children to buy, but these are only minor points. Well worth a visit for the model village. They also gave my four year old a sheet of paper with a list of alphabet characters for him to spot on his way round, and Where's Wally characters - such a great idea and he loved finding them all.
Written May 8, 2021
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Thank you for your 5 star review. Our grounds and model-makers work so hard to ensure everything is imaculate so really pleased to hear that you've noticed a difference from your last visit. We hope to see you again very soon.
Written May 10, 2021
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Babbacombe Model Village is open:
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Fri - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM