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Hornby Visitor Centre

  • Margate
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

This is a real treat for toy fans, with rare examples of Britain’s best-loved knickknacks and an interactive Thomas and Friends track that will have kids drooling! Play the day away at Hornby Visitor Centre.

Track over 80 years of history from the tinplate, homemade toys of 30s era Hornby right up to the favourites of today. You’ll see some iconic model trains and 24 extremely rare models cars! There are plenty of intriguing artefacts from yesteryear but the content is light enough that small kids can enjoy learning as much as the grown ups.

What’s great about this centre is the option to get hands on with a spectacular model railway and Scalextric track where super speed fans can race those legendary little cars. Plus make it to one of their Make 'n' Paint activity days so kids can make and decorate an Airfix kit to take home.

  • Classic toy exhibit
  • Visit Thomas and Friends!
  • Race Scalextric
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Opening hours


Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Last Entry

30 minutes before closing time.


General Admission
Adults: £5.00
Kids (5-15)/Seniors: £2.50
Under 5's: Free
Family (2 adults, up to 4 kids): £12.50

Travel & Contact Information


Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX, England

Phone number

01843 233524



Click here to visit Hornby Visitor Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Hornby Visitor Centre has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

There are no baby food/milk warming facilities available.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Hornby Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Hornby Visitor Centre have stated they are pushchair friendly.

No pets are allowed.

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