A visit to Bekonscot Model Village


There’s something about being a parent that inspires a nostalgic desire to revisit all those places that you remember from your childhood. Bekonscot Model Village is one of those places for me. I remember numerous trips there as a child and was really keen to take Max now he’s old enough to enjoy it.

Bekonscot is the oldest model village in the world and was opened in 1929. The village as a whole has a quaint 1930’s vibe to it, with a zoo, circus, harbour, cable car, and numerous trains which weave their way through the village.


Bekonscot - Pier

Bekonscot lighthouse


There is a winding path which leads you round the village. It’s wide enough for a pushchair, although we left ours in the car and I was glad we did as we visited at the weekend and it was very busy! Max loved watching the miniature trains weaving their way around the park, and was keen to plough on ahead to see the next thing. There was plenty of detail and shop name puns to amuse the adults too, as well as little stories in each vignette. In fact, we ended up doing the circuit twice and there was plenty to see second time around too!


model village circus

Bekonscot Model Village Max path

Miniature cricketers

miniature trains


But the real highlight for Max was the ride-on steam train. This comes in at an additional cost of £1 per ride, with under two’s riding for free. The little train winds it’s way around a small track and has plenty of ‘waving’ opportunities for spectators. We both rode the train with him once, then we each took another turn so that we could wave from the sidelines!


Miniature steam train


We ate lunch in the cafe, which although fairly small, has a huge number of picnic tables available. There is also a children’s play area just by the picnic area, and a gift shop at the entrance with a huge range of train related souvenirs.


Gift shop


It definitely has a whiff of nostalgia about everything. There’s a quaint charm to all of the displays, and the village is deliberately ‘stuck’ in the 1930’s.

Bekonscot Model Village is a lovely family day out if you have young children. It’s a little pricey at £10 per adult, £6 for children (2-15), but under 2s are free and a family ticket costs £29 (2 adults, 2 children).


Bekonscot Model Village,Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2PL

Opening times: 10am – 5.30pm (closed over winter)

Prices: £10 adult, £6 children (2-15), under twos free, family ticket £29 (2 adults, 2 children)

Parking: There is limited free parking available, however St Teresa’s church opposite allows parking for customers of Bekonscot, and there is a small pay and display car park nearby too.


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  • Emma Easton
    June 26, 2016

    Great photos, looks like you had a great day x #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Angela Watling
    June 27, 2016

    I used to go there as a kid and it looks just like I remember it! Must take my LO when she’s a bit older. How old is your little lad? #fortheloveofblog

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 27, 2016

      It’s lovely for a trip down memory lane! Max is just two – I think it’s perfect for that kind of age, but I saw lots of much younger ones really enjoying it too.

      • Angela Watling
        June 27, 2016

        My daughter is 17 months so might hold off a bit but sounds like it could be ideal for later summer / in the autumn!

  • Madeline Littlejohns
    June 27, 2016

    Oh that looks so lovely! I love places like that, there’s something so charming about them, and I love all the details like the people on the cricket green! x #KCACOLS

  • me and b make tea
    June 28, 2016

    goodness I remember going here when I was a kid! it was fab! your day sounds lovely too! my boy would love the trains #KCACOLS

  • A mum track mind
    June 30, 2016

    Looks like a gorgeous day out and such pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  • Cecile Blaireau
    June 30, 2016

    I love it so much I actually just googlemapped it! If this verb exists. Whaterver, I can make words up. I love this kind of place. I can’t wait to visit it. Lovely pics and you little one is a babe!!! #KCACOLS

  • Jenni - Odd Socks & Lollipops
    July 1, 2016

    This place looks amazing! I wish we lived closer to it so we could visit, I am sure Boo would love it. I always feel like a giant when wandering around places like this haha #KCACOLS

  • J. Mackinnon
    July 2, 2016

    OH my word, look at those photos and smiles. Awesome. Thank you for sharing, I love it when the photos are so great when I know I will never cross the ocean and visit. haha. It is almost like being there. #KCACOLS

  • A Moment With Franca
    July 3, 2016

    We went there last year. We did a review and also a video. We loved it. It is really cute to see all the little houses. My girls loved the trains. It was a fun day for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is always lovely to have you. PS: sorry for my late comment. I’m catching up this morning, x

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