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Abingdon Miniature Village

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
I enjoy freelance creative writing and being a Mum to my two awesome boys.
Published January 16th 2012
This neat little place is set in a backdrop of beautifully manicured gardens, adorned with, you guessed it, miniature buildings. Abingdon Miniature Village is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm, except Christmas and Boxing Day.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Image courtesy of: Abingdon Miniature Village

Situated just off Pinjarra Road at 28 Husband Road in Barragup and less than a ten minute drive from Mandurah, Abingdon Miniature Village receives tours from the (HATS) Hotel and Tour Shuttle Bus, which departs from the Mandurah train station.

If you do not wish to take a tour, getting to Barragup is still easy, with trains running from Perth to Mandurah and a bus service direct to the village twice daily as well.

When we first visited the Abingdon Miniature Village the owners were in the process of extending the gardens and the mini golf was yet to be constructed; this is now complete. Still, it was quite charming and there was enough to see and do for little ones.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Beautiful gardens


On first steps past the payment entrance, wisteria vines cover the long archways, making an amazing display of full greenery and colour when the flowers are in bloom.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Gardens are stunning and immaculate

The stunning gardens are aplenty and divided into different sections by wide pathways. The trails wind round gardens filled with varied bushes, hedges and topiaries of all shapes, sizes and shades. At the edges of rockeries are flowering ornamental annuals of many bursting colours.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Pathways

Find the secret rose garden and throw a coin into the wishing fountain. There are hidden spaces about everywhere that are waiting to be discovered by the kids.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Secret Rose Garden

Abingdon Miniature Village
Wishing Fountain

A one thousand square metre hedge maze can be viewed from raised platforms if you have trouble working out how to navigate from start to finish. You'll have to get out first to do this though, or take a sneak peak before you go. There's also a flat ground circle maze with cement paths and grass in between.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Flat ground circle maze

Abingdon Miniature Village
Neatly maintained grass

Grassed areas around the village and miniature buildings are lush and neatly maintained. To the 'miniatures' themselves; this would have taken a keen and patient individual or persons to create the magic here.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Miniature Buildings

Abingdon Miniature Village
The Old Anchor Inn

Abingdon Miniature Village
Saint Nicholas Church - Abingdon

Abingdon Miniature Village
Cricket game again

Abingdon Miniature Village
Miniature Buildings

Abingdon miniatures can be purchased in the U.K., where the fascinating Abingdon history surrounding these mini replicas of real life buildings has originated. They even pose little people in the displays doing various activities. A model train is included and operates along the purpose-built railway line, throughout another area of the garden.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Here comes the train

Abingdon Miniature Village
Miniature Trains

Abingdon Miniature Village
Train Station

Abingdon Miniature Village
Railway Overpass

Here are some more miniature buildings from the village:


Abingdon Miniature Village
Saint Nicholas Church - Abingdon again


Abingdon Miniature Village
The Abbey Buildings


Abingdon Miniature Village
Mary Arden's House


Abingdon Miniature Village
Anne Hathaway's Cottage


Abingdon Miniature Village
Birthplace of William Shakespeare

The 'Ruby House' Tearooms have a heritage all of their own as well and the traditional menu is lovely. A BBQ area is available outside and you can take your own picnic. A kid's playground is here too.

Abingdon Miniature Village
Kids Playground

Cost for entry is $38 per family of two adults and two children. Adults alone are $14 each, with children from 3 12 years at half this price. Senior and student discounts are priced at $10 each.

There has been talk about a grumpy old guy that works there, which could easily be explained. It would take a lot of hard work to keep this place as attractive as it is, which may be unrewarding at times if there's not much appreciation happening. Who knows?



The business is now for sale or lease and the current owners will be closing the gate from 31st January, 2012. Select 'Business Opportunity' on their home page if you are interested in this unique chance to run a well-established business.

In the meantime, if you wish to see the miniatures before they close (with an unknown reopening date), visit Abingdon Miniature Village today.

Contact Details:
Phone: (08) 9534 9079
Fax: (08) 9534 9719
Email: info@abingdonvillage.com.au
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Why? Miniature Buildings, mini golf, mazes and beautiful gardens
When: 9.30am - 4.30pm everyday, except Christmas & Boxing Day
Where: 28 Husband Road, Barragup WA 6210
Cost: $38 Family, $14 Adult, $7 Child, $10 Senior or Student
Your Comment
We are from Abingdon England and wanted to visit here last March when we were in Perth but we had no reply form the email we sent. Has this now been taken over and reopened? I would love to visit next time we are in Perth.
by Bever (score: 0|6) 1226 days ago
We have visited Abingdon Miniature Village and you are right - the gardens are beautiful and the miniature buildings are incredible.

The new owners are lovely people and they have big plans for Abingdon Miniature Village. They have already introduced birds to the gardens and are planning lots of other things too.

Well worth a visit.
by Sarah M (score: 2|161) 2519 days ago
What a lovely place this is! We took the grandparents and the children and we all had a great time. The only extra thing I would mention were the mosquitoes. I was bitten alive. It may have been a freak invasion but take your repellent just in case- you don't want anything to spoil this fab day out!
by flutt (score: 0|4) 2320 days ago
It was ashame; we went here today and they were supposed to be open, but the gates were locked and no one was answering their phone. Hope they are o.k. Maybe that's why they're closing; finding it increasingly difficult to keep the doors open :)
All the Best to Abingdon owners for future endeavours.
by Simone Lee (score: 2|534) 2669 days ago
Well we finally got in yesterday and made our last visit to Abingdon Miniature Village. The owners are retiring and closing the doors as of today. If anyone is interested, they are attempting to sell the business or lease it out. It really is a beautiful place to see; the gardens are very lovely and currently well maintained.
by Simone Lee (score: 2|534) 2665 days ago
For all the people wanting to see this business reopen its doors, it's already happened. After a short closure of two months, new owners Peter & Dianne Murphy have taken over and even sprouted new ideas for the future.
Deemed one of the most popular tourist attractions for the Peel region, it's good to see it open again with fresh faces and excitement.
Those who saw it, please return. Those who didn't, please make your way here.
by Simone Lee (score: 2|534) 2607 days ago
Isn't this a little out of date? The article says that the place will close on 31st January, 2012.??
by smith (score: 0|4) 2291 days ago
he might be grumpy cause he just is!
by jhepb (score: 1|37) 2679 days ago
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