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Hornby Visitor Centre

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens
Arts, Culture and Entertainment

*Visitor Centre open daily 10am-4pm, Museum 10am-3.30pm, Shop 10am-4pm and Cafe open 10am-3:30pm* 

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.

*If you purchase an adult ticket, you will be offered £1 off an adult ticket for Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs*

Access Information

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 we have a number on seats around the Museum. 

There is ample accessible parking less than 100 metres from the entrance and accessible toilets are also on site.


Day Ticket
Group Ticket
Child/Senior Citizen
Family ( 2 Adults and up to 4 children)

Annual Tickets - Single Ticket: £15, Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 4 Children): £30

Group Tickets - Adult: £3.50, Child/Senior Citizen: £2, *Pre-booked groups with a minimum of eight people*


Hornby Hobbies Ltd
Westwood Industrial Estate




Accessible parking
Accessible toilets
Audio tours
Coaches welcome
Free wi-fi
Gift shop
Groups welcome
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Guided tours
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Step-free access
wheelchair hire
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Contact Us
Visitor Information Centre
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Kent CT9 1JD
Te: 01843 577577
Official website of Visit Thanet, Thanet District Council.