Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is the world’s oldest model village, it opened in 1929, it has 80 years of history, a huge model railway and 1.5 acres of gardens to explore. It also has finely detailed model buildings. Bekonscot has something for all the family.
Bekonscot was first created by accountant Roland Callingham, his swimming pool became the first sea and the rock was built up to be hills. Bekonscot was named after Beaconsfield and Ascot, where Roland previously lived.
Growth of the village is limited, this is because the surrounding area is now a housing estate – so Bekonscot is limited to where to expand!
There is also a miniature railway that takes you around the village, it also only costs £1 for the train ride. Bekonscot has two diesels for the railway, todays loco was the blue one, the other is black!
Bekonscot has a massive model railway layout, it works every day and throughout all different types of weather – even snow! The amount of track is massive too – with 10 scale miles of track over its 1.5 acre site.
As we said earlier in the post, the model village and railway is open in all weathers, luckily, we visited on a cold, but very sunny day. It was very chilly, even the water for the lake was frozen to ice.
Bekonscot donates a lot of its income to charity. So far it has raised over £5 million for charity and has been visited by over
14 million visitors.
- Visit the Bekonscot Website
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