Opening in 1929 Bekonscot Model Village is the world’s oldest model village. Set within 1.5 acres of amazingly well kept gardens, Bekonscot features six separate model towns each build to represent a whimsical take on 1930’s rural England. Featuring castles, coal mines, farms and docks in 1:12 scale. Each town has its own character and lots of tiny humorous details to discover, with over 200 buildings and over 3000 tiny people living in them.
Bekonscot’s world famous gauge 1 model railway was started in 1929, when the then owners wife told him she wanted it “Out of the House”. It is one of the largest and most complex in the UK covering 10 scale miles at 1:32 scale. It has been continuously improved over this time and the current computer control system was programed by the same expert who programed the Jubilee Line extension to London’s underground train service.
They also have the Bekonscot Light Railway, a narrow gauge ride-on railway which takes you around the village and pond before returning you to the station.
The Gardens hold over 3000 shrubs and trees and hold a pond as well as the magnificent lawn which runs the full length of the village. Facilities include a tea room, ice cream parlour, gift shop and picnic area.
Whilst some paths are narrow, there are routes around the who village suitable for wheelchairs to everywhere except the elevated walkway. Dogs are not allowed except Assistance dogs.
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
Phone: 01494 672919