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Babbacombe Model Village
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The Model Village, as seen in 2012
General information
Type Miniature Village
Address Hampton Avenue
Coordinates 50°28′58″N 3°31′14″W / 50.482705°N 3.520458°W / 50.482705; -3.520458
Construction started 1963
Technical details
Floor area 4 acres (1.6 ha)

Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature village and railway located in Babbacombe in Torquay, Devon.

The model village was opened in 1963 by Tom Dobbins, who had previously opened another model village at Southport in 1957.

Miniature landscape

Babacombe Model Village Overview
The Model Village

The site is set on approximately 4 acres (1.6 ha). There are over 400 models along with 1,000 ft (300 m) of model train track in the village. The model village is primarily one town, an entirely fictional one, but many buildings within them are based on UK prototypes and landmarks (including Stonehenge and the Shard).

Names of shops and other features include humorous puns, such as Amanda Lofe - Home Baked Bread & Cakes, Ivor Faggot Butcher ('I've a faggot' - a reference to the traditional English meat dish), A. Kingbody Sports Centre ('Aching Body') and Terry Bull Gardening Service, Decorators ('Terrible').

The village also includes a model railway, castle and windmill.

Popular models

Some of the popular models at the village include the burning house, Stonehenge, the Shard, the EastEnders indoor scene and the dragon castle.


The model village appeared in an episode of Holiday of My Lifetime in 2014 with Len Goodman and Matt Allwright. It also appeared on The One Show in the same year. In 2019, the model village was used as a filming location for Don’t Forget the Driver.


In summer months, the Babbacombe Model Village is open until 10.30pm, weeknights with the village illuminations switched on. The Shard in the centre of the village is also lit up.

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