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At Pendon Museum discover highly realistic miniature buildings, landscapes, railways and transport on a grand scale. Portraying an idyllic view of English rural life as it was in the 1920s and ‘30s, Pendon’s models have become world-renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship. 

Explore thousands of delightful details in three extensive dioramas and see our model trains in action, alongside our exhibitions, audio guides, and fascinating insights into pre-Second World War rural life from our expert volunteer guides. 

  • The Vale Scene is probably the largest diorama based on accurately reproduced buildings, landscape and railways to be found anywhere in the world. All scale replicas of real historic buildings in the Vale of White Horse, the scene is filled with charming details of village life, including people and animals.  
  • The Dartmoor Scene is an imaginary Great Western branch line, set high along the southern edge of Dartmoor. Shortly after leaving the station, a long viaduct carries the train lines across wild moorland scenery.  
  • The Madder Valley Railway features an eclectic mix of buildings and transport; its historic trains run on a few select days throughout the year (check the website for details). 


Contact Details: 

01865 407365 (09.30 to 11.30 on weekdays) 

Group visits: 






Long Wittenham, Abingdon,

Oxfordshire, OX14 4QD