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Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a...
Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this neighborhood.
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Smelly but Interesting. Be Prepared...

We got a taxi to the Tanneries and arrived just outside. We walked through the arches and turned a corner to see a board of information about the tanneries. We then had a range of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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London, United Kingdom

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

At the Riad we stayed at one of the staff recommended a vista to the Tannery (but he failed to mention that we should stay away from "helpful men" on the way!) We thought we were going in the right direction, according to the map, but soon found ourselves quite lost! A "helpful" man started trying to explain how to... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The tanneries of Morocco are obviously world famous and therefore visiting them is a must. A visit during the summer months, shall I say, only adds to the 'atmosphere'. Each visit is provided with a bunch of mint which you keep close to your nose in order to try and combat the noxious odours. Your visit to take a few... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We got a taxi to the Tanneries and arrived just outside. We walked through the arches and turned a corner to see a board of information about the tanneries. We then had a range of people pointing us in the direction of the tanneries. One man approached us with some mint and insisted that he show us around. We had... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you end up at this place, chances are you were identified by a local as a naive tourist, and were convinced to visit a leather market that, golly, was only being held that day. Curiosity gets the better of you and so you decide to follow the guy and check it out. You arrive and are immediately given a... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Really wish I had read about it here first! We too fell for the nice young man we "happened" to meet as we came out of our Riad. He called to a passer-by, who it seems, was going in the direction of the tannery and who was more than happy to show us the way. On arrival we were handed... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very unpleasant odour of old nappies, but interesting nonetheless. Felt a bit 'in the way'as the tanners were trying to go about their business.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Interesting to see, but if you go to Fes, they are better up there. You kind of need a guide to show you around inside the tannery, so although they are irritating and just trying to make fast Money, they will take you inside and show up around. Try to find that speaks a decent English (or whatever language suits... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Avoid this place if you can. Aggressive people. Smells awful. Try to Con you out of money ( like a lot of people in Marrakesh unfortunately).

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Unbelievable! I felt I had stepped back in time and saw the workings of a tannery that had probably been the same for decades! The most famous one - and their leather is without compare!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We were wandering the area north of the main square and a local stopped us, I'm always suspicious, but there was no hard sell, so we stopped - he asked us if we'd been to the Berber market and said a friend of his (no charge) was going that way, would we like to tag along? We did, and got... More 

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