I think people on here seem to be expecting some sort of Disneyland experience so you need to read ahead first: this is a visitor attraction, neatly priced and is designed to tell the Hornby story which is way bigger than just Scalextric. It is not a full day out with kids. The premises is the Hornby plant in Margate and part of it was let over to an imaginative and fascinating display of all the Hornby brands going right back to the original ideas of trains and Meccano. There are a few Scalextric tracks, some excellent model railways and the D-Day diorama is brilliant (pretty massive). You have to get your head around the fact that there are no rides - just things to see, read up and (if it's not busy) the kids can have a go at Scalextric. The shop is pretty well stocked and the café is okay, it seems to be run by trainees from a college but they also do birthday parties which explains why it may be so big. If you want to get your kids into models it is a must-see attraction. If you are a Dad and want a trip down memory lane then it is the place for you (in fact, my 9 year old was impatient to see all the gizmos and I just wanted to read the huge volumes of information on the brand). Spend 2 hours with the kids or 4 hours on your own but it is brilliant value for money at £5 adult and £2.50 for kids. The best things are quite subtle: buy a 1:72 Spitfire Mk1a starter set, read the back of the box and then go to the 2 museums at nearby Manston where you can see stuff related to the plane on the box. Living history! Use this as a cheap, good value morning call before going to Manston or the Turner for more war or more culture.
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