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Godshill Model Village

Godshill & Rookley Area

Type:Model / Miniature Village

High Street, GODSHILL, Isle of Wight, PO38 3HH

Tel: (01983) 840270

Godshill Model Village

About

RHS Partner Garden & Winner of Wight in Bloom Small Tourist Attraction 2016

This beautiful Model Village nestles in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. Set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens this is a real retro find - a quintessentially English visitor attraction. You will find scale models of Shanklin and Godshill villages as they were in the 1920's. Our cottages, pubs and churches are faithfully reproduced versions of the real buildings in 1/10th scale. Our garden railway is a must see - a snapshot of the Island Line of yesteryear!

As an RHS Partner Garden the Model Village is an unexpected place to find a huge collection of conifers and trees but here we have created a large collection of niwaki and cloud pruned specimens. Over the years we have gathered over 3,000 trees and shrubs to create our display. As with the Japanese tradition we have concentrated on using a chosen range of trees sculpting them individually, for maximum effect, to create the right atmosphere to offset the models. We buy in small specimens and then Fred our Gardener will plant, prune and shape them as they grow. Some of our trees are over 40 years old and have been shaped to retain their scale to the model houses. Our garden is unique on the Island providing inspiration for the novice gardener and envy for the expert!  

 

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • Cafe
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - A special treat for visitors to the Model Village. Open on fine days from May.
  • Outdoor eating area - Nammet Hut open on fine days from May onwards
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site - Picnic lawn available - bring your own blankets or borrow one from us!
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing - Baby changing facilities available in the disabled toilet. Big enough to get a buggy in too!
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Dogs Accepted - Well behaved dogs on a short lead. Owners must clear up after their dog if necessary.
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop - Fantastic gift shop with something for every pocket.
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking
  • On site parking close by
  • Parking (free) - Free car park available in the village just opposite the Griffin Pub

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 30 - 45 minutes, much longer if customers do the fun quiz or stay for a cup of tea.
  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Special group rates
  • Visa

Provider Preferences

  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Some no smoking areas
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1260
  • Very Good
    409
  • Average
    60
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • CharlieR101
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Amazing
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 17th April 2019
    Had a lovely visit here today. Quite big, bigger than we thought. We enjoyed doing the quiz as we went around. Read full review
  • Mrandmrsgerry
    Peacehaven, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    This place is adorable
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th April 2019
    This place is absolutely adorable no matter what age you are you will love it. It’s very easy to get around with a wheelchair although if it’s busy it’s difficult to stop and look properly as you... Read full review
  • JamesE2002
    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A pleasant surprise
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th April 2019
    It should be obvious what to expect when visiting a ModeI Village but I wasn't entirely sure. However, the hour we spent here was a very pleasant surprise and we all loved it. Yes it's quaint and... Read full review

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