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A trip to the World of Model Railways – A journey through miniature marvels

Nestled in the charming harbour town of Mevagissey, lies a world of wonder for train enthusiasts and families alike: the World of Model Railways. This captivating attraction, also known as Mevagissey Model Railway, has been delighting visitors for over 50 years with its intricate miniature landscapes and mesmerising train journeys.

Whether you’re a seasoned model railway buff or simply looking for a fun and educational day out with the kids, the World of Model Railways has something for everyone. So, put on your conductor’s hat and get ready to embark on a magical adventure through this miniature masterpiece!

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Getting there

The World of Model Railways is located on Meadow Street in Mevagissey, Cornwall. The nearest train station is St Austell, which is approximately a 15-minute drive away. From there, you can catch a bus or taxi to Mevagissey. Alternatively, if you’re arriving by car, there is a pay and display car park nearby.

The postcode for your sat nav is PL26 6UL.

Opening times

The World of Model Railway is generally open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

It operates daily from Easter until the end of October annually, with the exhibition additionally accessible on weekends and during school holidays in the winter season However, it’s always a good idea to check their website or call ahead to confirm opening times, especially during peak season or holidays.

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Admission tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £4.50 for seniors, £4 for children aged 3-15 years, and free for children under 3 years old. Family tickets are also available.

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What to expect at the World of Model Railways

  • The Main Layout: Step into a world of miniature marvels as you explore the impressive “OO Gauge Main Layout.” This sprawling masterpiece features over 30 trains chugging through meticulously crafted landscapes, including towns, countrysides, coastlines, and even an Alpine winter wonderland. Keep an eye out for the many interactive elements that allow you to bring the scenes to life with sound and light effects.
  • Junior Junction: Little train enthusiasts will be thrilled by the “Junior Junction,” a dedicated play area designed for younger visitors. Here, they can操控their own Thomas the Tank Engine and other beloved train characters, creating their own railway adventures.
  • Garden Railway: Take a step outside and explore the “Garden Railway,” where you can witness large-scale trains traversing a scenic outdoor track. This is a great opportunity to learn about the intricacies of operating larger model trains and appreciate the beauty of the Cornish countryside in miniature.
  • Static Displays: Marvel at a collection of hundreds of locomotives and models, ranging from modern marvels to historic steam engines. This is a treasure trove for train enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into the rich history and evolution of model railways.
  • Model Shop: Indulge your passion for model railways at the well-stocked on-site shop. Browse through a wide range of kits, accessories, and tools, catering to both new and experienced modellers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the World of Model Railways suitable for children? – Yes, children of all ages can enjoy the World of Model Railways, with its captivating displays and interactive features.

Can I bring my dog to the World of Model Railways? – Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted inside, except for assistance dogs.

Is the World of Model Railways wheelchair accessible? – Yes, it is wheelchair accessible, with ramps and accessible facilities to accommodate visitors with mobility needs.

Can I purchase souvenirs at the World of Model Railways? – Yes, there is a gift shop where visitors can purchase model train kits, accessories, and other railway-themed merchandise.

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Nearby Attractions

You should take the chance to visit some of these nearby places too:

  • Monkey Sanctuary – Located near Looe, this wildlife rescue centre is home to abused and neglected woolly monkeys, capuchins and marmosets from across the world. You can learn about primates and get close during feeding times.
  • The Pinetum Gardens – Discover this unique 30 acre subtropical woodland garden near St Mellion showcasing over 6000 plant varieties from 7 continents, with highlights including champion trees, a Tibetan garden and koi-filled pools.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Around 10 minutes inland, explore these mysterious ‘lost’ 18th century gardens with areas inspired by the tropics and home to giant sculptures including the iconic Mud Maid.
  • Mevagissey Harbour – The colourful cluster of traditional pubs, tearooms and craft shops lining the inner harbour walls are surrounded by sandy beaches and scenic coastal paths perfect for long walks.
  • Charlestown Harbour – Just up the coast lies this remarkably preserved Grade II Listed Georgian harbour used as a backdrop in TV’s Poldark. Visit museums, pubs and beaches before taking a boat trip.
  • Eden Project – A fascinating half-hour drive away, explore the massive domed biomes filled with plants from rainforest and Mediterranean environments at this eco-visitor attraction and education charity outside St Austell.
  • Cornwall Gold Pit – Delve into the history and reconstruction of former gold mines that became flooded along the Luxulyan Valley on guided tours before trying your hand at panning for gold yourself.
  • Lanhydrock House – Just inland lies this grand 17th century country house surrounding gardens, walking trails and formal dining at Bodmin’s largest National Trust property near the River Fowey

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