Model Village Godshill is a family run business and very proud of it! Robin Thwaites bought the Model Village in the late 1960’s when it was much in need of repair. His vision and attention to detail had set the standard for much of what you see today. Stuart and Penny (daughter of Robin, are the current owners) are passionate about everything you see here and working with a great team aim to give every customer a wonderful and nostalgic experience here.
Set in the grounds of the Old Vicarage the Model Village in Godshill is a timeless place to escape the busy world outside. As Kevin McCloud of Channel 4’s Grand Designs said: “If you really do want to indulge in a uniquely Fifties Isle of Wight experience replete with bathing huts, vintage buses and a slower pace of life, then there is only one destination for you: Godshill Model Village”.
The Model Village Godshill opened to the public in 1952 after Mr Dams created models of Shanklin to populate the top section of the Old Vicarage gardens. The lower half of the garden (the first section you will see when you arrive) contains models of Godshill (the village we are situated in) that Dad made with help of model makers at Pinewood – this was the sixties remember with Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope at the top of their game!
All Saints Church sits proudly overlooking the other cottages and houses just like the real church up on the hill. If you stand in the right spot you can see the real church, the model church, the model of the model church and then the model of the model of the model and even a tiny model of the model.
Our Model Village in Godshill is a 1/10th scale version of the village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Village and Chine, two of the oldest tourist areas on the Isle of Wight. You can find all of our houses, cottages, churches and pubs in real life for a proper Gulliver experience! Our models are fantastic replicas of these real buildings, made with sand and cement so they weather as they age. We even thatch them just like the real thing using authentic materials and methods.