The Polar Express Clonakilty 2023

Santa is coming back to Clonakilty this Christmas!
Get ready to be enchanted by The Polar Express at Model Railway Village as it returns, bigger and more magical than ever before! Visit Santa and the Villages of Light at the Model Village.

Join Santa and Mrs Claus, all the elves, and a host of festive friends for an extraordinary indoor and outdoor, walk-through Christmas adventure designed to delight the entire family. Be immersed in the Christmas magic with sing-alongs, interactive storylines, and lots of excitement that will captivate all the family. Meet Mrs Claus who has a special request for all the young visitors.

'Cork Model Railway'

This year Santa is delighted to meet you and your family in his cosy Christmas cabin. Engage in heart-warming conversations with Santa and capture precious photos. Meet Dusty the magical teddy bear, visit the mystical magical forest, hop aboard the Choo Choo Road Train. Keep your eyes peeled for Jack Frost and The Grinch who you might spot on Mount Crumpit!

Twinkling lights and seasonal magic will fill the air as you explore the Villages of Light and see miniature West Cork as you’ve never seen it before. Follow the model trains and have fun trying out the remote control boats and mini diggers.

Santa, the Model Village staff, and the team at Karl O’Connor Creative are working hard to make sure this is a magical and unforgettable Christmas experience for all the family.

Booking Guidelines:
The experience runs in December and will take 1 hour and 30 minutes, after which families are welcome to enjoy the Village of Lights and outdoor activities. They suggest planning a 2-hour visit; please keep this in mind when selecting your date and time.
The ASD-friendly booking times are Saturday 2nd December from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please use the ASD-friendly specific booking link and check the FAQs below for more information.
Please tick the wheelchair option if there is one or more in your party with a wheelchair. Please do not tick the wheelchair option for prams and buggies.

Tickets for The Polar Express Clonakilty are on sale now!  Book here.

West Cork Model Railway Village

West Cork Model Railway Village, a leading tourist attraction in the West Cork region, is tucked in along the Clonakilty stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, over looking Clonakilty Bay.

The village is a fully scaled model of the West Cork towns that grew along the old railway line between 1930 and 1950 and so is a delightful way to whet the appetite for your visit to Clonakilty, Kinsale, Dunmanway and Bandon. Built on a miniature of the Railway line, you can enjoy a unique overview of the character and history of each heritage town that you will experience on your travels throughout West Cork.

Model Railway Village Opening Hours

West Cork Model Railway Village is open 7 days per week from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Extended opening times for July and August 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Last Admission is 45 minutes before closing.

West Cork Model Railway Village Facilities
School tours welcome
Coach tours welcome
Sensory Gardens
Available for Birthday Parties
Annual tickets available (1month, 6 month, 12 month)
Wheelchair access throughout
Village Café and Gift Shop
Picnic tables
Toilets and baby changing facilities
Free parking
Guide dogs permitted


The Model Railway Village is on the Inchydoney Road on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Clonakilty on the shores of Clonakilty Bay. Our Eircode is P85 HR26.