Anglesey Model Village first opened in 1992 after 2 years of landscaping and model making by Jim Lympany, a cabinet maker, and his wife Anne. It soon grew to become one of the most popular tourist attractions on Anglesey. However, when Jim and Anne retired in 2015, nature took over the site and when it was bought in 2017 by its current owners, Nick Bowler and Larry Chambers, they had a lot of work on their hands to bring it back to its former glory.
The Model Village reopened for test trading on New Year’s Day, 2019, with new landscaping, repaired models, new models and new and enlarged facilities – Nick and Larry are “working very hard to bring the model village back to its best and introduce many new additions to the displays as well as a few extra surprises elsewhere too!” and are on a 5 year plan to take the model village forward. Although parts of the village are still being restored/reconstructed there’s definitely more than enough to see and it’s definitely a great place to visit for a few hours of fun.
What is There to See at Anglesey Model Village?
Anglesey Model Village is a small-scale version of the island, hosting lots of the island’s top visitor spots in miniature, with information boards to tell you about the attractions.
As you enter the village you are greeted with a fabulous model of one of our favourite National Trust properties, Plas Newydd.
The model Beaumaris Castle, just up the path from Plas Newydd is also marvellous!
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Station (Llanfairpwll for short!) is represented in miniature, and my children loved the mini train that makes its way around the village and through the station.
Other highlights are Llynnon Windmill, Llanddwyn Island, Castle Street in Beaumaris (complete with the oldest house in Wales) and the Marquess of Anglesey’s column. Also, make sure you look at the names of the shops – there are some great puns amongst them!
Once you have looked around the village (we walked round several times as there are lots of details that you miss first time round) there is a lovely cafe, selling drinks, hot and cold meals and yummy cakes, with an indoor and outdoor eating area.
There is also a lovely maze for the children to get lost in, a miniature train for them to ride (which my Little Miss loved!) and a toy tractor park.
The model village is located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with fantastic views of Snowdonia and the North Wales landscape which you can enjoy from the picnic area and play area.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Anglesey Model Village and wish the new owners the best of luck! We look forward to visiting next time we’re on Anglesey to check out the new developments!
Anglesey Model Village Information:
- Anglesey Model Village is located on the A4080 about 1 mile from the village of Newborough on the Isle of Anglesey. The post code is LL61 6RS and it is well signposted once you get close.
- Entry fees (Correct April, 2019 – Discounted whilst still under renovation): Adult – £3.50. Child – £2.50. Family Ticket £10 (2+2) or (1+3).
- There is a large car-park, right next to the village and there are no car-parking fees.
- Anglesey Model Village‘s opening hours are 10:30-5:30 every day, with the cafe opening at 9:30 every day and closing at 5:30 (Correct April 2019).
- The village is dog-friendly, so long as they are on short leads and you clean up after them!
- The village is wheelchair-friendly and buggy-friendly.
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