Merrivale Model VIllage, Great Yarmouth

Visit a typical English village in miniature at Merrivale Model VIllage. Take time to discover the details and hidden gems of the village; explore its nooks and crannies, meet its inhabitants, and watch out for one of the village’s 28 different types of trains whizzing around. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Merrivale’s most unusual characters, such as the bank robber and even the streaker. As well as the model village, there’s an Old Penny Arcade to enjoy with a wide range of vintage slot machines dating from the 20's to the 60's. Bags of old pennies to use in the arcade are available from the Merrivale gift shop. Also included in your ticket price is a nine-hole mini-golf course, set on raised ground with views over the model village and its award-winning gardens. Take a look at our Great Yarmouth trip itinerary site to schedule your visit to Merrivale Model VIllage and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Extremely well thought out attraction. Many working displays kept the children amused as did the crazy golf. Refreshment area very clean, good value and beautifully laid out with many hanging baskets.  more »
  • Loved this place it is well worth a visit ~ you can easily spend a few hours wandering round it is very entertaining.  more »
  • Not the cheapest activity at over £25 for 2 adults and a child, but worth a visit. If you have lots of time take cash to play in the penny arcade and allow time to complete the crazy golf. Included is...  more »
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  • Fantastic tourist attraction. This was £1 entry per adult and my 3 yr old was free for entry throughout the day. This little gem was loved by us as it was amazing to see and kept us amused for over an hour. The detail and interaction on some of the models is brilliant.
  • Very picturesque. Good value for money. Would definitely recommend and great for kids. The courtyard cafe was very accommodating to people's dietary requirements. I was very impressed with their gluten free menu range. Will be back!!
  • Beautiful place. Some of the things there have clearly been there for years (like the dirty toy cars), would be a idea to change them up maybe. Flowers are beautiful as I've added to my review. Gardener on site the 2 times we went, clearly knew what he was doing. Nice staff. Golf was basic, not really kept tidy and the attention is on the scenery, there was no pencils for the scoring cards and the stuff was just shoved in the corner. Toilets were really run down too. But I myself am reviewing the model village part which I loved and always have.
  • well kept and maintained little place for family stroll, albeit a tad dated, but plenty to see & chat about. staff we saw appeared keen looking after flowerbeds and mechanisms (trains, speakers etc) alike. very busy cafe with nicely priced food selection. went back in for second/evening visit for some crazy golf and to see the park illuminated.
  • An enchanting little place and its dated-ness makes it even more so. The little characters kept me entertained. Also when you stand at the edge and look over the whole thing -it's actually a piece of art! There is a quiz, an anagram hunt, rubbings and buttons to push that give soundbites. I also loved watching the relatively tame sparrows in the hedges and washing themselves in the 'rapids'.

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Stay along the city's main pedestrian promenadeto be near the main attractions. A B&B near the central beach, close to the mouth of the promenade, is an ideal spot for views and access to attractions. For a quiet stay, consider lodging farther inland in one of the renovated Victorian buildings.
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