Model Town at Wimborne Minster
The Main Attraction at Wimborne Minster Model Town
World Famous Model Town
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Built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors from all over the world with their superb quality and realism.

Re-creating the historic market town of Wimborne Minster exactly as it was during the 1950s, you can get really close up and even touch the buildings, checking out every minute detail of over 100 shop window displays. Peer into the Butchers, the Ironmongers, the Bakery and the Fishmongers, not forgetting the stunning interior of the Minster Church. As you begin to explore in more detail, your mind will turn to wondering just how the group of skilled and dedicated model makers achieved such amazing ‘life like’ results – working as they did over sixdecades ago in a rural England still recovering from the war years.

The fun family worksheets suitable for all age groups which are provided free of charge, lead you through the many Streets and Lanes including the colourful prize-winning gardens, searching for those elusive clues. Eventually you approach Wendy Street, a designated safe play area for younger visitors. The four Wendy Houses provide hours of amusement while the grown ups sample the fresh, mouthwatering home made fayre available from the Tea Rooms which overlook the gardens .


tea room

With the appetite now satisfied, why not test your skills on our giant outdoor chess game or try your luck on our new Putting Lawn. Great Fun! While you are excitedly adding up the scores on the official Scorecard provided, the children have found the next attraction – the most fantastic working Model Railway layout.

Wimborne Model Town Putting Lawn

This fascinating layout is uniquely interactive, enabling the visitor to set the trains and trams in motion, and yes, before you ask, Thomas and his friends are all here! They can also be found in our super Gift Shop which is packed to the rafters with a fine selection of exciting and unusual gifts.

Model Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine model trains
at the Wimborne Model Town


  • We endeavour to be fully disabled friendly
  • There are two wheelchairs on site at all times if required
  • Fun activity sheets are supplied free of charge – for all the family to enjoy.
    Please ask at the Gift Shop counter.
  • We endeavour to be a no smoking attraction.

Award Winning Gardens

The gardens which surround the Model Town have over the years given much pleasure to visitors. Tended by a new and very enthusiastic group of gardening volunteers this season will undoubtedly see the gardens continue to enhance the visitor experience.

Experience our new and developing Sensory Garden area – touch, smell see and hear – designed for those with a sensory impairment but for all to enjoy.

Sensory Garden


Wimborne in Bloom

Garden Montage

Coaches and Group Bookings Welcome Call us on 01202 881924 for details.
There are many more delights to discover in the actual town of Wimborne Minster just a couple of minutes level walk away. You will find the magnificent Minster Church of St Cuthburga, the Priest’s House Museum, Dreamboats providing leisurely rowing trips on the river, Walford Mill Arts & Crafts Centre and the Art Deco Tivoli Theatre plus much more. Pop in to the T.I.C. where helpful staff will be pleased to provide you with further details.
Wimborne Minster Model Town & Gardens
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Wimborne Minster Model Town, King Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1DY
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