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The Hornby Visitor Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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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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Something different

We wanted to go out so we did a little bit of research and gave the place a try. Initially the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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“airfix models”(14 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
+44 1843 233524
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to go out so we did a little bit of research and gave the place a try. Initially the price isn’t too bad, under 5’s free and adults £5 but currently you get a £1 off. The building itself is big but inside...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paolo88_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Franf Hornby gave all of us children the best toys every from the 40s onwards. We wanted to play with everyone one. At 65 you just want to get back there. However there are too many children wanting to do the same . Spoiling our...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed 2 January 2019

I took my 6 year old Grandson to visit The Hornby Visitor centre today. It has a lot to recommend it, if it was all in working order! Unfortunately, despite having a number of elaborate model train layouts, there were very few trains actually moving....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank littleacorn101
Reviewed 30 December 2018

We went here on a wet afternoon as a dry place to visit, as a visitor centre I was not that impressed, one of the big tracks had been taken out, so they reduced the price from £5 to £4, should have made it free....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CR8
HornbyVisitorCentre, Manager at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2019

Dear Sirs/ Madam, Thank you for your feedback. The layout has been taken out for refurbishment, a staff member should of explained this at the till that is why we have taken £1 off entry price. We run the shop, museum and café all staff...More

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
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4 March 2018|
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Response from ghearsey | Reviewed this property |
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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