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The Hornby Visitor Centre

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Better than expected

What was I expecting? Judging by some of the reviews, a tired nostalgic journey down Memory Lane... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
S G C
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Kingston upon Hull, England
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Memories and good models

An interesting place to visit that has a small museum, a large shop and a cafe. The museum has a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Debbie R
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“model railway”(15 reviews)
“airfix models”(14 reviews)
“train layouts”(13 reviews)
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Relive the story of Britain’s best loved toys. Come and see our fascinating displays, featuring rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives. Track the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early...more
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Westwood Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road | Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate CT9 4JA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The staff didn't show any interest in customers. The exhibition of Hornby trains from the beginning of production was very minimall. Were was the pre war and early post war 3rail sets only 2very small display cabinets Why no running models of 3 rail 0...More

Thank pete a
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What was I expecting? Judging by some of the reviews, a tired nostalgic journey down Memory Lane. Yet I thought it was enlightening about the company history, its many mergers and the peril the model industry often finds itself in when trends change. The Scaletric...More

Thank S G C
Reviewed 4 days ago

An interesting place to visit that has a small museum, a large shop and a cafe. The museum has a fascinating display of toys and models, which really is a trip down memory lane. There is a nice cafe with plenty of seating and lots...More

Thank Debbie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with a friend and we came by train. There are regular buses from Ramsgate railway station to the Hornby Visitor Centre and the bus stops right outside. Before we went around the centre we had lunch in the cafe and the service was...More

Thank therichastill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like taking a trip down memory lane..remembering how we played as kids ..before this age of modern tec..great place to visit..and reasonably priced

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards

Reviewed 9 August 2018

what a great day we had, for the adults it was like going back in time seeing and playing with our childhood toys. and the children had even a better time, it was like they were given the keys to a toy shop.More

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre and for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, it is great to hear that both adults and children had a good time....More

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the funday on the 28th July, my family and friends enjoyed our time there. Porchlight is a amazing charity who helped me when I was in a dark place. I received a phone call on the 31st saying we won on the raffle, it...More

Thank Munday88
HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your time at the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the Fun Day. We really enjoy raising money for charity and appreciate everyone coming along to support us. Thank you for taking part...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This is a great and inexpensive venue for parents of a certain age to reminisce and to show their young children what a childhood used to be like, when imagination and physical skills were used more than tablets and phones

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are pleased that you had a good time and hope that you will come back and see us again soon. Kind regards

Reviewed 23 July 2018

I took my 2 Grandsons here today who both have separate Hornby track layouts at home and to bring back some childhood memories for myself from 50 years ago. All of us were not impressed. My 12 year old autistic grandson asked me "What's the...More

1  Thank Graham B
HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thank you for taking your time to review The Hornby Visitor Centre. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us. Your comments will be passed on to management. Kind regards

Reviewed 16 July 2018

This is well worth a visit for anyone interested in model railways, cars, aeroplanes, etc. There are a lot of railway layouts and two scalextric tracks. Some interactive displays and lots of interesting information. Plenty to see, plus a well-stocked shop and cafe. We went...More

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Hornby Visitor Centre and hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards

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Hi Its around 83 miles about 90 minutes / make a day in Margate
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fantastic if you like model cars trains and airfix
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