Dingles Fairground Museum | West Devon | Devon's Top Attractions
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride
Dingles Fairground Musuem ride

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Visit Dingles Fairground Museum is one of Devon’s hidden gems where you can enjoy the colour and spectacle of yesteryear

The Dingles Fairground Museum is an accredited museum and home to the National Fairground Collection and the Fairground Heritage Trust.

The Fairground Museum is unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays. The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 50,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a rare opportunity to view a huge collection o Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

Discover the unique collection of fairground art, historic rides, fairground organs, equipment and memorabilia and of course a collection of operating vintage fairground rides.

The Museum runs two operating sessions everyday so to make the best of your visit, check out our opening times on the tickets page and we look forward to seeing you:

Dingles is a one-level easy access museum & visitor attraction full of atmospheric charm, the traditional sights and sounds coupled with fond nostalgia of this uniquely captured bygone age.

You will be bowled over with the wow factor of the larger rides of the ‘Moonrocket’, the space age ride of the 1930’s, still thrilling riders nearly a century on. Discover the impressive ‘Victory Gallopers’, this original Victorian riding device  or ride the ‘Super Dodgems’, still a firm family favourite.

Dingles Fairground Musuem ride

Dingles Fairground Musuem ride

Ride the Ghost Train and get some spooky fun as you travel through the dark. Screaming is obligatory!

Hop onto the Chariot Racer Ark, choose either an animal or a motorcycle, great for all ages.

Dingles Fairground Musuem ride

Check out the super selection of children’s rides. Let the kids ride on the ladybirds, the Toy Town Merry Go Round or the Happy Caterpillar. Find them here

Dingles Fairground Musuem ride

Plus there is a good selection of side stalls an other entertainment, all firm old school favourites like ‘Hook a Duck’ and no trip to the fair was ever complete without hooking a duck.  ‘Plate Smasher’, a rare survivor from fairs of yesteryear, throw a ball and smash that china! Move onto the popular ‘Shooting Saloon’ where corks and pellet guns test the marksmen’s skill.

Take some time to enter the ‘Mirror Show’ and see yourself, in the crazy mirrors, taller, smaller, wider and stranger. Laughter can always be heard.

Take time to visit the ‘Arcade Area’, packed with nostalgic arcade favourites and some lesser known machines.

Check out the attractions page for more details on rides.

For anyone feeling peckish, there is a traditional fairground kiosk selling all the fairground favourites and a shop packed with toy and sweets and souvenirs.

Tokens cost £1 each and can be purchased individually onsite or when booking here. Pre-booking is recommended

  • Child Friendly – We are an ideal attraction for all the family, don’t forget to bring the grandparents
  • Accessible – flat access from parking into all of our halls, toilets, etc.
  • Dogs – Assistance dogs only; unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs into the Museum halls owing to the hazards of operating vintage fairground rides.
  • Horse Friendly – we are on the edge of the moor and horses can be bought to the site, but for the same reasons cannot enter the museum.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dingles in Devon or Cornwall

Dingles is situated in Lifton Devon but close to the Devon and Cornwall border.

Is Dingles Dog friendly?

Sadly only assistance dogs allowed inside due to the machinery.

How much does it cost to buy a fairground ride

Tokens cost £1 each and ride costs vary from 2-3 tokens each.

Who owns Dingles Fairground

The museum is operated by a charity called the Fairground Heritage Trust and first opened to the public in 2003. The rides are restored and placed into operation for guests to experience, with many dating back to the early 20th century, complete with original artwork.

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Friendly staff

Thank you for such a fun day I have visited more than 6 times i took two friends today we had a real laugh your staff are so lovely I witnessed a staff member helping a lady get off the ark ride who was on a walking stick showed so much care the changes with the car park was a real positive my wife uses a scooter disabled access is excellent the prices on the drinks was good had amazing time the staff are lovely and the rides are running really well

JACKIE S - Oct. 2023

An excellent visit for all ages

We visited Dingles on a dull damp day and are glad we did. The exhibits are all under cover and well lit and laid out. There is a good mix of museum exhibits and working classical fairground rides and side stalls, some of which can be ridden. We had thoroughly excellent time and enjoyed the nostalgia of losing our money on the penny falls machines, Can thoroughly recommend this for families of all ages.

Gareth H - Sept. 2023

Brilliant fun- we didn’t stop smiling!
Thank you for such a brilliant day!! We all spent the day laughing and smiling, having so much fun and feeling like kids again! The rides were great, the exhibits so interesting and every single staff member was so friendly and helpful. We cannot wait to return and do it all again!!!

Sportymiss75 - Oct 2023

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SatNav users, please use this postcode PL16 0AT

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