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“Well worth visiting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of House of Marbles

House of Marbles
Pottery Road | The Old Pottery, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9DS, England
01626 835285
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Well worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very interesting exhibits showing history of Bovey Tracey pottery and with an area where you can watch glass-blowing. Large shop area with extensive range of crafts, games and toys. Separate restaurant area with good range of food made from local produce, although on the day we visited the specials menu of both chicken and fish had run out within an hour of the start of lunch! It pays to reserve a table as soon as you arrive to avoid the lunch-time queues. Highly recommended as a fun visit, but leave plenty of time to make the best of the exhibits and shop - and, of course, the marble automatons!

Visited September 2013
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Gillingham, Kent
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Very informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Extremely interesting place. exhibition explaining the history of pottery. The glass blowing was very interesting its one of those things I could watch for hours. Great selection in the shop to suit all budgets. All topped off with a slice of homemade cake and a latte in the restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Glass turning experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A fantastic and unique experience provided by the House of Marbles team - with friends staying for the bank holiday weekend we booked the glass making experience; a four hour one to one tutorial on creating beautiful handmade glass paperweights, which our friends got to keep. If you're visiting, plan the trip in advance as the glass takes 48 hrs to fully complete before you can pick it up. We'd visited many times before and it's always a great little trip, with some beautiful and unique gifts in the shop and a great restaurant/cafe. On this return visit, our friends also had their hand prints cast in glass. Well worth a visit, as you can oversee the master craftsmen at work from a great viewing gallery, a perfect all weather outing!

Visited August 2013
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Good Day out & free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Great place to spend a few hours and free. Nice restaurant with good choice of snacks and meals at reasonable prices. Lovely area to sit outside and chill with an area for children to play and play with marbles.
Plenty of history and items to see, a good stocked shop with all sorts of things to buy from toys to trinkets. Staff were very helpful and friendly and were most helpful with providing a wheel chair (very accessible). Glass blowing area very interesting and well laid out (although you need to climb stairs to get best view). Dogs also welcome. Plenty of parking spaces.

Visited August 2013
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Barnsley
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“House of Marbles.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Good trip out, history of pottery, enjoyed the exhibition of old games and toys, and all the different marbles, glass making very interesting especially when the did children's hand prints. The shop is large and has an array of replica toys and of course marbles.

Visited August 2013
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