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The Hornby Visitor Centre

Westwood Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road | Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate CT9 4JA, England
+44 1843 233524
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We were in Margate for the weekend, and decided to pop into the Hornby Centre as we were in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GW P
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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Great on a rainy day. Loads of interesting interactive trains and scalextric. Free parking. Several gifts available for

Under 2 pounds. Cafe and toilets. Open 7 days a week. Near Margate. Avoid busy times. Great for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jja20
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Margate, United Kingdom
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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 home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo. Trace the development of Scalextric, the legendary slot car racing system, from its launch in the 1950s through to the latest detailed models. Follow the history of Airfix from the introduction of the 1949 Ferguson TE20 tractor kit through to the brand’s latest releases. Learn how Airfix models are made and see over 80 years of history, from the Mettoy tinplate toys of the 1930s to the high quality Corgi collectables of today. Experience our interactive displays, treat yourself to something in our retail shop and unwind in our Just The Ticket Café.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Westwood Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road | Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate CT9 4JA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Margate for the weekend, and decided to pop into the Hornby Centre as we were in the area. We entered as staff appeared to be busy taking inventory. We appeared to be intruding on their activity, because when my wife asked at...More

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. I am sorry that you left us disappointed. I have shared your review with management and staff to ensure that this does not happen again in the future. Kind regards

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Under 2 pounds. Cafe and toilets. Open 7 days a week. Near Margate. Avoid busy times. Great for adults and kids

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant centre. Friendly staff and so many memories to enjoy of my childhood. 100% reccoemended for gentlemen of a certain age!

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you come and see us again soon. Kind regards

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good option for a rainy day but at £5 per adult it does seem quite expensive for what is only going to take an hour to visit. We regularly go to the model railway at New Romney Station and although this is a bit...More

Thank Lydia H
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. I have passed your comments on to staff so that we can assure that trains are running on layouts. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

As a young nipper I always wanted to drive a train. I have always had an unhealthy interest in trains so was excited when the other half gave permission that we could visit this attraction. I was a bit taken a back by the entry...More

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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are sorry that you left us disappointed. Your comments will be shared with management. The café reopened on the 1st May and is so far proving very popular with our customers. We...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

For someone who used to own some of the toys on display this was a most enjoyable visit. Even the youngsters were having a great time playing with the model cars and trains.Great fun.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you come and see us again soon. Kind regards

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We came to the centre today with our two children. The staff were really friendly and helpful and we had a lovely afternoon looking at all of the train sets and models. There are lots of buttons to press, so it really keeps the kids...More

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

Thank you for your review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events and exciting news on the café! Kind regards

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Very expensive to pay, although there was no one to check the tickets, so we could have easily have entered for nothing, although that would have been morally wrong. The exhibits were nicely done but the interaction was terrible. The scaletrix tracks didn’t work properly...More

Thank John F
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the Visitor Centre. Staff ensure that all exhibits are working at the beginning of the day and they check periodically throughout the day. As our tracks run for long periods of time,...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Hornsby should have a visitors centre but the lines brothers factory really isn't an ideal premises its on an industrial estate not easy to reach and you gotta remember this is where Triangle started manufacture models in 1953 and its not a place to sell...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

First visit despite passing numerous times in the past. Car parking not the most well signposted, so we parked on a side road. Didn’t try the cafe, so can’t comment on that. The main models are interactive in some respects with train tracks and a...More

Thank Stephen V
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. We often have events at the centre, including live modelling sessions and surgeries. We also have a rolling programme of brand events for the enthusiast as well as the beginner....More

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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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