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“nostalgic trip suitable for all ages. brilliant for children of the 60s.”

The Hornby Visitor Centre
Ranked #6 of 54 things to do in Margate
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Hornby Visitor Centre takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of Britain's best loved toys. The Visitor Centre also hosts a well stocked shop and the Just the Ticket Cafe. Pocher Model Exhibition being shown at the Centre, this exhibition features 24 rare and sought after Pocher models including the Fiat F2 130HP Racer. Please note that Spring/Summer 2016 the Visitor Centre will be relocating to its new purpose built premises in Ramsgate Harbour. Look out for facebook posting with regular updates about us.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 5, 2013

A worthwhile visit particularly if you are a modeller or collector. The staff are friendly and our teenage daughter appeared to enjoy the visit. The layout and displays are good.

Thank Transalpiners
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The layouts are beyond bel;ief as far as the model railways are concerned. What an attraction for the kid inside of all those who are interested in railways, scalelectric or model making.
A good two or three hgours can be spent just looking or playing with the layouts.
Well doine to all the hard wortk put in by the planning staff involved.

Thank lynjoKent
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

so nice to see all the old!!! scalextic and other toys that I remember as boy!! took my 5 year old and he loved it so much we are going again next week.

Thank terry s
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

a great value visitor attraction, set in a fabulous 1930's purpose built factory, plenty to see to evoke memories of a more innocent childhood of constructive play. The exhibits were good quality and all in good working order. Scalelectric to play with and a great 'history of Hornby' video show. lots of exhibits for Airfix and Corgi with many other models series catered for too. cafe was clean, had good honest grub at a reasonable price. the shop was well stocked for the keen modeller with a great section of reduced price Airfix which appealed to my younger sons with limited pocket money. the visit kept the boys amused for about 1.5 hrs. oh and the lavatories were clean and fresh. helpful and happy staff. a good visit

Thank Donna M
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

It appeared to me to be just a flash advert for Hornby Trains, to be expected!
......but they charge you, I think it was £5.
Quite a large railway layout but several trains were not working because of derailments or faulty trains!
The staff did not seem keep an eye on the working parts of the attraction.
That made it a disappointment.
......If the professionals can't keep them going how is Joe Bloggs going to manage?

The shop is big enough and is well stocked!!!

Hugo

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