A Victorian Penny Arcade – with real old pennies!
Wookey Hole has the biggest collection of original Edwardian Penny Arcade machines in the country, and visitors can play them with real old pennies!
Take yourself back to the heyday of the Great British Seaside Holiday! Simply change your money at the kiosk, and we’ll provide you with a pocketful of pre-decimalisation pennies to use on any of the machines.
Postcard from Letty Jenkins to Edith Spooner, 18th August 1910:
“Really lovely here – am writing this on the pier with lights just coming on, ever so pretty and people still on the beach. Joe and me have been playing the machines – there’s a Folies Bergere one that’s really awful, Joe spent six pence on it. I shot six black cats and he tested his grip – it says he’s got the grip of a Plumber which is about right! There’s a professor here who rides a bike off the end of the pier (honest) and I’ve just had my fortune told as well as my weight – I turned the dial to ‘Will I Regret My Marriage’, and Joe said too late anyway…”