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Sammy Marks House

Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
+27 12 790 2302
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Ranked #9 of 48 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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London, United Kingdom
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227 reviews 227 reviews
48 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Brown tourist sign is missing at roadside so keep eyes peeled for the dirt track drive. Guided tour only which was fine. The fact that no pics are allowed ruined my visit. Can't see the point of that draconian attitude. If you are passing it's fine.

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Pretoria, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We took visitors last year and found it very informative the guide was excellent and a lovely outdoor tea room/restaurant with light lunches. It was a German person who ran the restaurant and there was some lovely German food on offer. Beautiful gardens if one prefers a picnic. Its possible to have a day outing there its lovely and quiet... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is the most beautiful house, and the furniture so nice. The original furniture that the Marks family used, was donated to the museum by their descendants. If you see the huge stove in the kitchen, you can just imagine the meals that were cooked there for dinner parties. Food wise, there is a little restaurant with nice food, and... More

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I really liked the tour of the Sammy Marks House! The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. There is also a lovely little tea garden there too.

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Pretoria, South Africa
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Sammy Marks was a skilled business man who played his cards well to win favour with both Afrikaners and British during his time-period. His house includes a croquet garden and lavish snooker room to entertain his well-to-do guests on both sides of the political spectrum. He started the first glass factory in the Pretoria region (Eerste Fabrieken) and it served... More

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Thank you very much to Patience who made our tour of the Sammy Marks house a huge pleasure. Your excellent histoy and knowledge combined with you enthusiasm and fiendliness made this one of the most enjoyable tous we have been on in a while. The house was in a geat condition and the staff running this attaction were very friendly.... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

"Absolutely Amazing" I have lived in this country since birth and in all the years of school study(history) not a mention of Sammy Marks. 300 yrs of history and not a word on Sammy Marks and yet one visit and one wonders why that was. This one man had more influence on the industrial growth of South Africa and it's... More

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3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food took forever to turn up and was dry and cold will always visit the lovely old house but tea garden will not see us again.

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Corinth, TX
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15 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a fascinating,educational, and delightful visit to the home of Sammy Marks, a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who was the seemingly unsung hero responsible for bringing South Africa into the industrial age. Curator told of his rags to riches story and how he became a major force in South Africa's commerce and industry. The house, per Sammy's will, has retained... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A spectacular house museum filled with all the splendour and luxury as befitted a man of Sammy Marks’ social position. Excellent guided tours lead by knowledgeable guides make it worth your while. A bit of trip to get there, but worth it. Lovely little tea shop in the garden selling light meals and refreshments. What will most impress you, is... More

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