The West Cork Model Railway village is a quaint miniature village where life in the 1940’s in West Cork is replicated on a scale of 1:24. The Working replica of the West Cork Railway is superb as it chugs along from town to town passing farmlands, schools, agricultural markets and lakes all beautifully replicated in miniature.
At the entrance there is a life size replica of a train station scene form the 1940’s complete with stuffed railway cat waiting to be petted on the leather luggage trunks. This sparked an impromptu lesson on the art of taxidermy which saw the kids skirting widely around the (plastic statue) of elderly lady passenger waiting on the platform near the cat, for her train!
It was particularly interesting on one of the displays to note the live snail that had crawled there was almost the size of the houses bedroom window and it was certainly agreed upon that if snails grew to that size in real life, we would all be terrified!
Also on site is a lovely tearoom and craft shop which are both housed in authentic train carriages and which lend a sense of occasion to both your snack and your souvenir shopping! There is a lovely picnic area outside with a couple of picnic benches looking out across Clonakilty Bay as well as an indoor playroom which proves to be extremely popular.
An added bonus is that Birthday parties can now be booked and hosted at the Model Village and thanks to the great indoor facility, it makes it an all-weather sure-fire bet!
THE TSCHU TSCHU
The Tschu Tschu road train departs from the West Cork Railway Village and gives a tour to Inchidoney beach or an informative tour through the town of Clonakilty itself, highlighting all the landmarks of the town.
For more information, opening times and fees – visit the webiste www.modelvillage.ie
[adapted from West Cork and Kerry with Kids]