Bekonscot Model Village and Railway will delight visitors of all ages and is well worth the short trip out of London. It was the first attraction of its type in the world and has been visited by an incredible number of people.
Located a short train ride northwest of London in Beaconsfield, Bekonscot Model Village was the creation of local resident Roland Callingham in the 1920s. He drew up a plan and built it in his large back yard with the help of his household staff. It was originally just intended for the enjoyment of himself and his guests, however in the 1930s it caught the attention of the press and the public and soon began to draw a regular stream of visitors who were encouraged to make a donation for charity. This village became the inspiration of other miniature villages and parks throughout the world. While it now levies an admission charge, Bekonscot Village continues to use all of their profits to support charities both locally and around the world. It has been visited by over 14,000,000 people.
The site actually consists of six fictional villages in a miniature landscape that depicts England in the 1930s. In addition there is a very sophisticated Gauge 1 model railway covering a distance of 10 scale miles through the village. Some of the trains have been running for over 50 years. To get an idea of the detail and work that went into this model railway, not to mention the village itself, check out the video at the bottom of this page.
In addition to all of this there is the Bekonscot Light Railway that encircles the perimeter of the site and provides rides for visitors.
In spite of being a little ways out of London, this attraction is well worth the little extra time it takes to visit it.
They are open from mid February until the end of October.
For more information about Bekonscot Model Village including hours and charges visit their official website.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes, however, all of profits are donated to charity.
Address: Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL, UK
Phone: 01494 672919
Official Website: Bekonscot Model Village
|Tube and National Rail Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
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How to get to Bekonscot Model Village by Tube and National Rail
This journey is best taken from Marylebone Station to avoid train transfers, so make your way there and purchase a National Rail Ticket for the Chiltern Railways Line to Beaconsfield Rail Station and proceed to the platform indicated on your ticket. The travel time from Marylebone station takes either side of 30 minutes depending on the departure time.
When you arrive at Beaconsfield Rail Station walk west along the road in front of the station and then go right on Station Road. Continue walking north on Station Road which becomes Penn Road and then go right onto Warwick Road which is just past the round-a-bout. Look for the Bekonscot Model Village sign on your left as you walk along Warwick Road. Total walking time is between 6 and 7 minutes.
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Ratedout of 5
Great place for families with children. Very cute miniatures. Loved the little train stations and tiny trains arrived and departed with announcements as for real.
Shubhi - 6 days ago
On our first visit since many made as a child, I was very pleasantly surprised. Although only a small place, Bekonscot is packed full of great things to see. The model village itself takes you back to a different age. In fact the whole character of the place does. Everything is in great condition, and it is clear that a lot of effort is put in by the staff. There is a fun miniature train ride, and a nice playground for younger children. Good cafe with plenty of selection, plenty of cover if you need to escape the rain, and all the facilities are clean and up to date. Overall a very well maintained attraction offering good value and something of a novel experience for all.
Nick Baker - 1 month ago
It's magical! Been coming here since I was a small boy and bringing my own kid it looks even better. It's got a cafe and a playground and they've added lots of new bits and everything is in great state of repair. There is even a little train they can ride on for a pound and a little carriage with toys and dressing up. There is parking too and the town is nice with places to eat, etc.
Richard Dyson - 2 months ago
Our grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at Bekonscot. We visit every couple of years, which ensures that changes to the layout and buildings have been made. This year we were not disappointed. New areas had been added and. Many of the buildings had been refurbished. There is a play area for the children and a good cafe with plenty of seating too. Definitely worth a visit if you have not been before and go again if you have not been for a few years.
Martyn Herriott - 2 months ago
Remember being taken here as a child, now I'm taking my child here 30 years on. Great fascinating place, a few rides and a playground for the kids if the small people can capture their attention for the entire time. Train ride was whilst short good trip around grounds. Really liked the history room. It's a good half day, day out. Will return again next year.
Sam S - 3 months ago