The Hornby Visitor Centre is, appropriately, easy to get to by train. The nearest station is Margate, and there are frequent trains from London Victoria and Charing Cross to Broadstairs and Ramsgate as well. There are taxis from all three local stations, but there is an easy bus option if you get off the train at Ramsgate. Here, catch the popular Thanet Loop bus service, and it'll take you right up to the Hornby Visitor Centre itself. The Thanet Loop bus service does also run through Margate, but from Cecil Square in the town, and that's a 0.5 mile uphill walk from the railway station. 

The Visitor Centre is everything you'd expect from the world-leading manufacturer of model trains and scale models. It features rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives, and 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 too. Of course, you can get hands-on too... check out the epic interactive Scalextric zone, and get pushing those buttons to start the trains on the interactive model railways! 

See the official Hornby Visitor Centre website for visitor info.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not alw
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:15 - 19:30
Saturday 06:15 - 19:30
Sunday 09:10 - 16:40
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage phone number0845 000 2222
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces110
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£304.00
Three Monthly£152.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces40
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 1 country end
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes
Lifts to all platforms. Ticket Office is step free. Car Park is step free.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are not available

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Departures and arrivals from Margate

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Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern12:423Late
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern12:554On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern12:591On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern13:043On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern13:241On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern12:384On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern12:413Late
from London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern12:591On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern13:043On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern13:231On time

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