Hornby Visitor Centre


Hornby Visitor Centre

Join us for a journey through the history of Britain's best-loved toys

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 the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo.

Don't miss the spectacular Model Railway and Scalextric layouts, the Hornby Retail Shop offers an extensive range of Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi products.

The Hornby Visitor Centre is open every day, from 10am – 4pm (October – March) and from 10am – 5pm (April – September) with free entry to the Shop and Café.


















We're proud to announce that the Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre is now an accredited Public Learning Destination for Kent Children's University™, and can issue Learning Credits for participating children's Passports to Learning.

The accreditation shows that our methods for inspiring and educating children and young people meets with the Quality Assurance process of National Children’s University™ Trust. Kent Children’s University™ (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5 to 14 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.

If you would like more information about Kent Children’s University™ please visit their website













Contact us for more information

  • Tel: 01843 233524
  • Email: shop@hornby.com
  • Address: Hornby Visitor Centre, Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX





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