Anglesey Model Village & Cafe: Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Visit

Anglesey Model Village

Located in between the villages of Newborough and Dwyran is the Anglesey Model Village along with the Whistle Stop Cafe. After falling into a state of disrepair, the model village was painstakingly restored by the new owners Nick Bowler and Larry Chambers over the course of the last 18 months. Since 2019, the site has started welcoming back visitors after a three-year break.

It’s not just the model village that has undergone a revamp either, with the old tearooms renovated into a proper cafe. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are lovely, and this site is now a pleasure to spend a few hours come rain or shine.

So what can you expect to see at the Anglesey Model Village?

What Can You Expect to See at the Anglesey Model Village?

There are all sorts of displays to enjoy at the revamped model village. Perhaps the highlight is the model railway, which includes a model of the famous station – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Anglesey Model Village
You can expect to see plenty of local landmarks in a miniature format

Other highlights include Beaumaris Castle and a scene depicting the story of St Dwynwen, the St Valentine of Wales. There’s something for everyone with scenes of urban and rural life, including a recreated high street. The local fish & chip shop (The Codmother) even makes an appearance!

New sites and models are being developed all the time, so each time you come back, there might be something new for you to explore!

What Other Activities Are Available?

The beauty of the Anglesey Model Village is that there is so much more to the place than the model village (as impressive as it is). For starters, the gardens and planting scheme that frames the models are wonderful and are worth visiting in their own right. However, there’s plenty for the kids, too, with an extensive play area, a maze, and a self-ride train engine (under staff supervision).

The team also put on a range of activities and themed events throughout the year, so it’s always worth checking in with their social media pages to keep up to date with any special occasions before your visit.

Whistle Stop Cafe

Attached to the model village is the Whistle Stop Cafe. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before moving on to your next excursion or heading out to the nearby Newborough Forest. You can choose to eat within the cafe itself or head out to the picnic area, which has several covered (and, crucially, rainproof) seating “pods.”

Whistle Stop Cafe
The visitor pods at the Whistle Stop Cafe are perfect for all kinds of weather

There are plenty of options for visitors, with the cafe serving afternoon teas, homemade soups, baps, paninis, cakes, and coffees. More recently, the cafe has launched a range of delicious German hotdogs and hamburgers. “Y Dash-hund Schnellimbiss” give customers the option to choose from Frankfurters, Bratwurst, or homemade burgers. There are plant-based versions available, too, meaning vegetarians and vegans don’t miss out!

Anglesey Model Village Visitor FAQs

How Much is Admission to the Anglesey Model Village?

Prices for entry to the model village vary throughout the year, and there are often price promotions such as buy one get one free during the school holiday season. However, at the time of writing, Anglesey Model Village prices are as follows:

Adult – £5.95
Senior (OAP) – £4.95
Child (U16) – £3.95
Baby in Carry Harness or Pram – FREE
Family Ticket – £16 (2+2) or (1+3)

Please check the website for the latest entry fees and promotions.

How Do I Get to the Model Village?

The Anglesey Model Village is located on the A4080 in between Newborough and Dwyran.

If you’re travelling from mainland Wales, follow the A55 over Britannia Bridge to Anglesey and take the first exit towards Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Then take the first main road left (signposted A4080 to Newborough) and follow it for approximately 8 miles until you reach a long, straight stretch of road.

The model village is about halfway down on the left-hand side. There are brown tourist signs dotted along the way that should help you navigate to the site.

What’s the Postcode for the Model Village?

The nearest postcode is LL61 6RS. However, this will only get you to the local vicinity. Therefore, it’s worth referring to the instructions laid out above when you get close. The what3words location is ///chariots.attracts.homelands.

Is There Parking at the Anglesey Model Village?

Yes, the car park has spaces for over 30 vehicles, plus there is a dedicated parking area for larger vehicles and coaches. If you intend to cycle over, there is also a bike rack (you will need your own lock).

Anglesey Model Village

Is the Anglesey Model Village Dog-Friendly?

Yes. The model village welcomes dogs but asks they be kept on short leads, cleaned up after, and that owners respect that not everyone is a fan of dogs. Dogs are also welcome in the cafe area, where you can find bowls of doggie water just outside the entrance.

Can I Bring My Own Food?

Yes, you can. If you fancy a picnic, there are picnic tables available to visitors. However, cafe seating is reserved for paying customers.

Is the Model Village Wheelchair and Pushchair-Friendly?

Yes. The surfaces around the model village are hard or compacted material, and there are no steep gradients, making them easily accessible for people with disabilities or parents with pushchairs. 

Joe Roberts

Joe is a keen runner and loves exploring new places to stretch his legs within North Wales. Particular favourites at the moment include Newborough Forest and pretty much anywhere in Snowdonia.

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