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The Hornby Visitor Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Worth a visit

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. We found ample parking at the site (which is free). 2 adults and... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
West Malling, United Kingdom
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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 21 September 2018
Kingston upon Hull, England
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“model railway”(15 reviews)
“airfix models”(14 reviews)
“train layouts”(13 reviews)
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
+44 1843 233524
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Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Easy location to find, near B & Q. Plenty of parking. £5 per adult. The shop is really large and there is so much choice. Very reasonable prices. The museum is simply amazing, it is stacked with everything, so many exciting trains, boats, cars and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HalDavies
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Great for any person into train, so loved it. Fully stocked shop, for any train models. Some great discounts on stuff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joannehoyles
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

I was quite pleased to have found this as it is a bit tucked away. Free parking and you need to pay for the museum. I was concerned as I was in there about 20 minutes and not one member of staff spoke to me...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. We found ample parking at the site (which is free). 2 adults and 2 children (one under 5) cost us just £10 to get in to the museum. Once in the museum there are things to entertain adults and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank M8x1mus
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Came here as we were going round the North Kent coastal towns on Wednesday, greeted by a very nasty burning smell with smoke around the area of the centre - not a good start. Inside the centre itself was interesting in itself with displays, some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank special4christopher
Reviewed 21 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pete a
Reviewed 21 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank S G C
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank debbierH8889EP
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank therichastill
Reviewed 26 August 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bigbarryEssex
HornbyVisitorCentre, Instore Consumer Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

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

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5 March 2018|
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Response from ghearsey | Reviewed this property |
4 June 2016|
Response from James H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Its around 83 miles about 90 minutes / make a day in Margate
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10 January 2015|
Response from SimonJudge1978 | Reviewed this property |
fantastic if you like model cars trains and airfix