Hornby Visitor Centre
*The Visitor Centre and Cafe are closed until further notice*
Relive the story of Britain’s best loved toys.
The Hornby Visitor Centre, Margate is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
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 home-made toys in sheet metal, through to the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo.
Trace the development of Scalextric, the legendary slot car racing system, from its launch in the 1950s through to the latest detailed models. Follow the history of Airfix from the introduction of the 1949 Ferguson TE20 tractor kit through to the brand’s latest releases. Learn how Airfix models are made and see over 80 years of history, from the Mettoy tinplate toys of the 1930s to the high quality Corgi collectables of today. See our spectacular layouts and maybe treat yourself to something in our retail shop.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Frank Hornby introduced a clockwork train into the market and 10th anniversary since the Hornby Visitor Centre opened
2020 Hornby's 100th anniversary
The entrance is fully accessible for wheelchairs, with the doors open at all times. The Visitor Centre is located across the ground floor, and is fully accessible for both wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Quiet days and special tours may be provided; please contact the Visitor Centre directly. One wheelchair is available for visitor use, and one rest seat is provided.
There is ample accessible parking less than 100 metres from the entrance and accessible toilets are also on site.
*The Visitor Centre and Cafe are closed until further notice *
Open All Year 10am – 4pm
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Child/Senior Citizen: £2.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 4 Children): £12.50
Single Ticket: £15
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 4 Children): £30
Child/Senior Citizen: £2
*Pre-booked groups with a minimum of eight people
*Pre-booked guided tours are also available (£10)