We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sammy Marks House

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 12 790 2302

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 95 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 42
  • 38
    Very good
  • 7
  • 2
  • 1
wonderful day out

my wife & I spent a few lazy hours here wandering the gardens and finished the day in the cafe which is also nice with everything you could want

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Similar Things to Do in Pretoria

Add Photo Write a Review

95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 90: English reviews
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

my wife & I spent a few lazy hours here wandering the gardens and finished the day in the cafe which is also nice with everything you could want

Thank T0mRand
Centurion, South Africa
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is very well preserved in its original condition. Everything is authentic and complete. The guide is extremely knowledgeable about the family, the era and the customs of the Victorians. A truly informative experience of a piece of South African history!

Thank Henru K
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This museum is not to be missed. Note though that you will not be able to wander through the house itself - there is a specific tour which is worth the small amount to be paid. You will be able to visit each room which has been restored as much as possible and houses all the original items from the... More 

Thank Wolery
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit not only is the house fascinating but it is crammed full of interesting memorabilia it's as though the family have just gone out for the day,and is untouched since the 1920's. It was lived in by Sammy Marks and his family a remarkable man who arrived in South Africa from Lithuania in the late... More 

Thank pearl944
Pretoria, South Africa
Level Contributor
38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

My friend an I visited here on a Sunday morning. We joined a group led by Sammy Marks guide, Henk and were treated to a fascinating tour of the house by someone not only extremely knowledgeable about Sammy Marks and his Lithuanian and Sheffied background but about the whole historical period in which he lived: Kimberley, Vereeniging, Kruger, Roberts -... More 

1 Thank johnhart2016
Pretoria, South Africa
Level Contributor
46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed going back in history. Full marks to whoever put this together and saving this remarkable house and its contents for future generations. We saw and smelled the atmosphere and it felt like being in a time machine taking you back more than a century. The restaurant was good service-wise and the food very well priced. A most... More 

Thank LeoRenette
South Africa
Level Contributor
95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Sammy Marks House is a lovely Victorian home but the organisation of visits leaves something to be desired. We arrived shortly after 1 and sat in the very pretty garden restaurant, and sat and sat, with a waitress eventually explaining that we were queued behind a large table. It was unclear from the signage that we should have prioritised getting... More 

Thank Allansabroad
Level Contributor
285 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

This was a most enjoyable visit and our enthusiastic and informative guide, Abraham, really made the house come alive for us. We could have spent far longer there than the one and half hours allotted for our tour.

Thank Antal
Pretoria, South Africa
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

It was around 17h00 when we had a family photo shoot at this venue, the pictures are very lovely. We enjoyed being there and would recommend this venue at any given time!

Thank Tinyiko M
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

An inspiring and simultaneously sad story of immense self-made wealth. An uneducated man who built a business empire from scratch and significantly influenced the political landscape of what is now South Africa. Curiously, most South Africans have never heard of him, and his great grandchildren had until recently no idea of his legacy. The restaurant is simple and friendly. Service... More 

1 Thank JP S

Travelers who viewed Sammy Marks House also viewed


Been to Sammy Marks House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sammy Marks House and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Sammy Marks House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?