Bekonscot – a model day out

We headed to Bekonscot Model Village with some family last weekend. Ever been? It’s well worth a visit if you’re into small-scale, intricate and seriously detailed…

Dating back to the 1930s, Bekonscot feels like a wonderfully traditional day out that hasn’t changed much since it was originally conceived. Apparently a much more widely-spread and popular pasttime, the idea of the model village was brought to Beaconsfield, Hertfordshire by a wealthy accountant with a very large back garden, who intended it merely to amuse him and his guests. He opened it to the public a number of years later.


There are six model villages within the miniature landscape, all built to 1:12 scale. They include wonderful details, some great punning names and a very English approach to life.


Very sweet choristers outside ‘Bekonscot Minster’. They even played music!

Parish choir

One half of this not-at-all-geeky duo loved the many model trains that were on display. [SO MANY TRAINS]


…With real stations which the trains stopped at.

Train in platform

There are a number of waterworks, including underneath this rather stunning railway bridge, featuring boats that moved…

Bridge over lake

A tense-looking horse race:

Horse racing

Another train station:

Train under bridge in platform

Even a lock!

Canal lock

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get over how lifesize this looks. Each of those people is smaller than the length of my finger!

Train under bridge

We can only give you a snippet of the two acres (with a lot squeezed in!) of things to see. Our tips? Don’t go in the rain. There isn’t a good café. Go on the (bigger than most here) train, it’s fun! There’s just so much to see, so be patient…

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