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The Hornby Visitor Centre

Westwood Industrial Estate, Westwood, Margate CT9 4JX, UK

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About The Hornby Visitor Centre

Hornby Visitor Centre is a fantastic day out for the whole family, 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, plus grab the latest products in the Shop which offers an extensive range of Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and C


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The Scenic Railway2.19km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

The Scenic Railway at the 16-acre Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent dates back to the 1920s and, as such, is the oldest surviving roller coaster in the UK. It is one of just eight scenic railways in the world.

Dreamland2.22km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

Dreamland was one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks. Considered to be the oldest surviving theme park in Great Britain. it is home to lovingly restored vintage rides, as well as an outdoor event space big enough to attract huge names such as Gorillaz. The number of amusements at the park increased during the 1960s and 1970s, and in 1981 the site was sold to the Dutch Bembom brothers, who renamed it "Bembom Brothers White Knuckle Theme Park". The name remained until it reverted to Dreamland

Shell Grotto2.23km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

Shell Grotto is an astonishing 70 ft of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells - arranged as images and patterns including gods and goddesses, and trees of life made from the shells of whelks, mussels, and oysters. It was discovered in 1835, but its age and purpose remain unknown. The grotto is a Grade I-listed building and is open to the public.

Margate Beach2.5km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

This timeless beach with tidal pool, children’s rides and amusement arcades offer families traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Even if the tide is in there is still plenty of beach to make sandcastles. Restaurants, bars and seafood stalls are just a short walk away in the Old Town. It became a popular place for holidaymakers in the 18th century, owing to easy access via the Thames, and later with the arrival of the railways; popular landmarks include the sandy beaches and the Dreamlan

Turner Contemporary2.7km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

Turner Contemporary is an art gallery in Margate, Kent, England, intended as a contemporary arts space and catalyst for the regeneration of the town. The title commemorates the association of the town with noted landscape painter J. M. W. Turner, who went to school there, and visited throughout his life.

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum3.56km from The Hornby Visitor Centre

The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum is a unique site housing a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and the Hawker Hurricane IIC as well as a host of objects and artifacts which help tell the story of life in and around Ramsgate during WWII.  It was officially opened on 13th June 1981 to house Spitfire TB752 and was the very first building to be erected on any RAF Station to house a gate-guardian aircraft.

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Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west, and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.