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Pendon Museum

High Street, Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD, England
+44 1865 407365
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A must for model enthusiasts

There are 3 scenic dioramas. One historic one in which the train only works on special occasions... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Woobsle
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London, United Kingdom
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A beautiful model railway.

The most intricate and detailed railway model I’ve ever seen. All in 4mm and painstakingly hand... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James B
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Modelling the past for the future. The benchmark for modelling excellence. Pendon's centrepiece exhibition of the Vale of White Horse is a re-creation of the rural landscape of the 1920s and 30s in breathtaking detail. Pendon is also home to our famous Dartmoor and Teignmouth Sea Wall scene models and the ground breaking Madder Valley Railway. Our volunteer guides provide informative descriptions about the history, geography, society and transport of the times. A fun and educational experience for all. We also offer a small tea room, museum shop and free wi-fi. Disabled parking and access available.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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High Street, Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD, England
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+44 1865 407365
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are 3 scenic dioramas. One historic one in which the train only works on special occasions. The other two have working railways but for me the one on the first floor, which is massive, is a phenomenal landscape with marvellous village scenes depicting Cotswold...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most intricate and detailed railway model I’ve ever seen. All in 4mm and painstakingly hand made with love passion and an incredible attention to detail, it was a lovely break on a scorching day, air conditioned and perfectly lit, the most relaxed way to...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went there on an organised event with friends and was well worth the visit and would recommend this to anyone - I did know it existed until I had this trip organised A free audio guide is included if you pay by gift aid The...More

Thank Ann L
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We found the museum on one of those late evening summer drives - and came back a few weeks later when it was open. Model trains in nicely modelled, local environments. Much more interesting than it sounds, and more engaging than it had a right...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I visited Pendon with a friend and her 9 year old grandson on Easter Sunday. We parked on site without any problem. The staff were very helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to explain what was going on with the workings of...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

What a great place for model railways and “How To” detail a railway scene. The volunteer instructors, Mick and Nick, spent the whole day taking us through the process and we were able to try many products and their alternatives. Brilliant interaction and the highest...More

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Be prepared to be amazed , the detail is astonishing and really reflects the area. Individual houses are recognisable and extremely accurate. Look out for the fox !

1  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Pendon museum is a must visit for model enthusiasts with some fantastic scenes and train models. Friendly, informative staff also make it enjoyable. But for a family with young children it’s perhaps a rather limited experience lacking the fun of nearby Bekonscot model village.

1  Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

There are superb layouts and very informative staff. It's not just about trains though; the incredible model buildings and the landscape really create images of the countryside from a bygone age. Don't be 'put off' if you're not that bothered about model railways.

1  Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

One of the most detailed models you can see anywhere. Not just the trains but the buildings and the countryside are exquisite. It shows a way of life now disappeared but was almost unchanged from the period depicted until the 1950s.

1  Thank Bob R
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