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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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Nanna

Took my two year old great grandson. He loved it but with limited attention did not fully... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jenny d
via mobile
The Hornby Experience

This place is well worth a visit on a rainy afternoon, There are a few designated disabled parking... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2019
teh34
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Borough Green, 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...more
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Westwood Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road | Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate CT9 4JA, England
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All reviews model railway train layouts trains running interactive displays toy shop childhood toys well stocked shop certain age trip down memory lane brings back memories rainy day couple of hours on display pocket money entry fee enjoyable visit nice cafe
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Found this on the more than sixty of the best places to visit in Kent leaflet, Hornby trains visitor centre, a bit off the beaten track, but if you like model railways and or Scalextric this is a must place to visit. The visitor centre...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Keithupzap
HornbyVisitorCentre, Events Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at the Hornby Visitor Centre. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for upcoming events that might be of interest to you, including our Silverstone track...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my two year old great grandson. He loved it but with limited attention did not fully appreciate the trains. Loved all the boxed items and had a great time exploring. Always worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank jenny d
HornbyVisitorCentre, Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of the Hornby Visitor Centre. We hope to see you again soon. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming family events. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Hornby Visitors centre is somewhere I have wanted to go to for sometime. The centre has been refurbished recently I understand. I went with a friend by car, easy parking the centre is in the main Hornby former factory so is on a trading...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Event Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We will take your comments on board. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exciting upcoming events. We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

I drove down to Margate today especially to visit the Hornby Visitor Centre. Wow! It is fabulous. There are several Hornby layouts plus Scalectric. Airfix etc. They have produced a fantastic ‘Hornby Models’ A Model History Collectors Special for a bargain price of £6-99. It...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Keith B
HornbyVisitorCentre, Event Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. It is lovely to hear your feedback. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exciting upcoming events. We...More

Reviewed May 6, 2019

This place is well worth a visit on a rainy afternoon, There are a few designated disabled parking spaces at the front of the building. The entrance fee is very reasonable - particularly the concession fee. The exhibits are well set out and there are...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank teh34
HornbyVisitorCentre, Event Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Visitor Centre. We have taken your comments on board. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exciting upcoming events. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed May 4, 2019

Had a great first visit here. I have a big interest in model railways, and the Hornby Visitor Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history of the company, the manufacturing of it's products, and the other brands that form Hornby Hobbies, including Airfix, Corgi,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Event Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Visitor Centre. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exciting upcoming events. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

We visited here over Easter and was pleasantly surprised! The entry fee was a real bargain (our hot chocolates in the cafe after cost more!) and there was lots to see and do. My husband and kids are all big model railway fans, so they...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ladyvgw
HornbyVisitorCentre, Event Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Visitor Centre. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exciting upcoming events for all the family. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed April 19, 2019

Visited with parents and children (6 & 8), very reasonably priced and a great café. Would have preferred more Scalextric and more tracks for the kids to play on but all in all, well worth a visit. If you are into model trains, it is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank bondioo7
HornbyVisitorCentre, Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you will visit again in the future. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed April 18, 2019

We had a lo elyse few hours here. Was a nice trip down memory lane. The Trains and Scalextric were brilliant fun. Our kids loved it and the adults loved looking at the older toys. My son now wants a scalextric. We went to the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Edd C
HornbyVisitorCentre, Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the centre and the café. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards The HVC Team

Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

We visited Hornby recently because me and my partners little boy has been dying to go for a long time and when we saw James mays programme that got us more interested. Firstly we’re greeted with a working train as we walked in the door....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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HornbyVisitorCentre, Activity Coordinator at The Hornby Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hornby Visitor Centre. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here and apologise for any exhibits that were not working properly. Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff for someone to be in the museum...More

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