Trains at Southsea Model Village

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Marvel at the 1/12th scale Southsea Model Village, built in 1956, which features forty miniature buildings, houses, forts and castles, as well as a `G' scale garden railway.

The third-acre landscaped gardens are set inside the grounds of an old Victorian fort. Contained inside are a large scale electric garden railway, a 100ft-long rifleman's tunnel, a scale model of Portsmouth Guildhall, a 10,000-gallon waterfall and stream, and a small toy museum.

They are located on Southsea seafront next to the canoe lake and rose gardens, just 30 seconds walk from the beach. There is ample parking only 100 yards walk away. The model village is a delightful place to spend time for both young and old. Set in beautifully maintained gardens with 100s of different varieties of flowers it truly is a great place to spend a afternoon. The Rifleman's Tunnel which is 125ft long and holds our scale handmade model of Portsmouth Guildhall and Spinnaker Tower.

Not to forget their own Castle over looking the Solent with wonderful views for miles, a perfect spot for a picnic. 

There is also a snack bar that serves hot and cold food and drinks. These include chips, burgers, hotdogs, baguettes, sandwiches and salad bowls. 
You can grab a freshly ground Cappuccino, Latte or Hot Chocolate on a cold winters day or on a hot day why try the slushie or whipped ice cream.
All orders are freshly made to order.

Please call before visiting or check the Facebook page to ensure the model village is open.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.00 per ticket
Child£3.00 per ticket
Family of 4£12.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, home-cooked baguettes, chips etc.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Not Sundays
  • Max group size - 40
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Southsea Model Village

Type:Model / Miniature Village

Southsea Model Village, Lumps Fort, Eastney Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9RU
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Tel07825 55 82 31

Opening Times

Summer opening (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Aug 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*
Winter opening (1 Sept 2024 - 1 Nov 2024)
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*

* Weather permitting - call if unsure.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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