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

This is the information for Margate. We have live info for Broadstairs and Ramsgate as well.

Departures and arrivals from Margate

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Margate station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to RamsgateSoutheastern22:231On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern22:504On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern22:591On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern23:043On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern23:231On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London VictoriaSoutheastern22:221On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern22:581On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern23:033On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern23:074On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern23:221On time

Europe’s leading train and coach app

We help customers across Europe make more than 172,000 smarter journeys every day.