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Hornby Visitor Centre, Margate

Head to the Hornby Visitor Centre for classic toys galore, train sets and a little bit of nostalgia!

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Looking for some entertainment for all the family or something to keep the little ones busy on a rainy day? We are really excited to discover the Hornby Visitor Centre in Margate. A brilliant destination for children of all ages (and an excellent excuse for a trip down memory lane!). This is a museum dedicated to the history of Britain’s best loved toys and there are some classics here from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives.

Staff are super knowledgable and it is fascinating to track the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo. This really is a great place to spend some time. We love the Scalextric racing and interactive working train sets. Car model enthusiasts will also love the latest exhibition of Pocher automobile kits, featuring 24 rare and sought after models including the Fiat F2 130HP Racer, Rolls-Royce Torpedo Phantom II, Bugatti 50T Surprofilé Coupé.

We challenge you to leave the Hornby Museum empty handed! There is a fabulous shop offering an extensive range of Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi products. A great opportunity to pick up a birthday present or school holiday activity to keep the little ones occupied. The cafe is also excellent and has a great range of paninis, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Birthday parties can be held here and would guarantee some happy little guests!

With so much to explore locally in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, a visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre is definitely a great option for a day trip. Ticket prices are very reasonable and start at £2.50 for a child or £5 for an adult (family tickets are £12.50).

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Westwood Industrial Estate, Westwood, Margate, CT9 4JX

Opening hours
Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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