Babbacombe Model Village how to find us
Follow signs to Torquay/Torbay from the A38, A380 or A385
Follow the brown signs to Model Village once you are in the Torquay/Torbay area
We are situated 2.5 miles from Torquay harbour in the pretty area of St. Marychurch/Babbacombe
Our postcode is TQ1 3LA, however this will lead you to the Hampton Avenue side of the local authority car park which is no entry. The car park is accessed from St Marychurch Road (A379). Please follow the brown signs when you get within half a mile.
The main car park adjacent to the Model Village is a council owned and operated pay and display car park, we have no control over it. The machine nearest our entrance takes coins (we don't carry change), cards or using the 'RingGo' app. We'd recommend using the App as it operates start/stop so you are not pondering how much time to put in (remember to stop it when you leave). Note that the car park is accessed from St Marychurch Road (A379) not Hampton Avenue.
A second car park (if the main one is full) is down Chilcote Close, across the main road, just 2 or 3 mins walk.
Free street parking may be found in Higher Downs road, but this is limited and you would need to arrive early to have any chance.
Visitors are typically with us between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, so we suggest you allow at least 2-3 hours for parking, If you do have spare time, take the 5 minutes walk to the Babbacombe Downs - the views are fantastic.
You can always pop out to top up the parking.
Campervan/Motorhome/RV - the main car park does have very limited suitable space for these, so you'd need to arrive by 10-10.30 during busier times. There is one long space at the far end as you come in past our entrance or, if you go immediately left, there is a gravel area with no lines. (if you use the regular spaces and overlap over two, the council do expect you to buy two tickets)
GET THE BUS TO: St Marychurch, we are just 3-4 minutes walk from/to the bus stops OR Babbacombe to take in the views from the Downs - we are 6 or 7 mins walk from the middle of the Downs.
The main bus services:-
SERVICE 22 - Paignton town & bus/train station - Torquay seafront (train station) - Torquay town centre/harbour - Wellswood - Babbacombe - St Marychurch (for Model Village) - Teignmouth - Dawlish - Dawlish Warren....(and vice versa).
The service runs approx. every 20 minutes during the day. During the evening it only runs bewteen Torquay Harbour and St Marychurch. The journey will take about 50-60 minutes from the furthest points (Paignton bus station and Dawlish Warren) and about 20 mins from Torquay town/harbour. Times can be found here
SERVICE HOP122 (Open-top seats available) Summer/Seasonal. - Paignton bus station - Paignton sea front - Torquay sea front - Torquay Harbour - Wellswood - Babbacombe Downs & St Marychurch for Model Village....... (and vice versa).
This open-top summer service gives you great views of the bay, and runs approx every 20 mins during the day (roughly 9.30 - 5.00) More details here
We are about 3 miles from the Torquay train station, which is just off Torquay sea front.
Continue by taxi (there is a taxi office at the station), the journey will be about 15 minutes OR
Catch the 22 bus service on the sea front, see station map link below. Service 22 goes along the sea front, via the town/harbour, right to St Marychurch. Buses run approx. every 20 mins during the day, the journey will take about 35-40 minutes (subject to traffic conditions). So allow at least an hour for your onward journey and bear in mind our last entry times.
You can also try the travel line on 0870 6082608 or visit www.traveline.org.uk
NOTE: We try to keep this public transport information up to date, but services do change and they don't usually notify us, so we recommend checking the websites. To avoid disappointment, ensure you are aware of our opening times and allow plenty of time for your journey. During the summer especially, it is quite probable that car or bus journeys around the area will take longer than anticipated. Admission after our published latest entry time is never possible, as the park will start to close behind the last visitors