House of Marbles

House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey: Hours, Address, House of Marbles Reviews: 4.5/5

House of Marbles
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Diane
Devon, UK182 contributions
Ideal wet weather destination
May 2021
Very interesting place to visit, definitely not just marbles! Lovely shopping experience, good quality clothes, ornaments and gifts, toys and traditional board games, together with a small museum, glass blowing workshop and lovely cafe with outdoor seating. My daughter and I had a lovely breakfast of avocado and smoked salmon, with poached eggs on sourdough toast, delicious!
Written June 13, 2021
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Paul G
Greater Manchester, UK35 contributions
Enjoyable 2 hours.
May 2021
House of Marbles is a big shop really but there are 3 little museums inside and that is what makes it so good. The marbles are fascinating and the devices are wonderful.
Worth a visit and you will be surprised.
Written May 30, 2021
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loripoulton
Greater London, UK14 contributions
Superb light lunch
May 2021
We had a really nice light lunch, which was reasonably priced, and its dog friendly throughout the whole of the premises, even glassblowing
Written May 24, 2021
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AlwaysExploring182
Cornwall, UK265 contributions
Pleasantly surprised
May 2021 • Couples
Visited on a rainy day and really enjoyed the experience. Really enjoyed the marble runs and the products for sale. A nice way to spend an hour or two. Would have loved to try the cafe. Looks lovely.
Written May 20, 2021
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Kerryb
2 contributions
Wonderful Welcome, Great Shop and Exhibits
May 2021
A wonderful visit to The H of M while holidaying in Lyme Regis (an hour away). I came with my dog and received a wonderful welcome (despite the fact we were damp from the carpark dash in the torrential rain). All the staff, in all areas were really friendly and helpful. At first glance I thought the place was just a large, glorified gift shop (despite my parents having recommended I visit). Oh, but it is is so much more than that. The museum displays are fascinating, the marble runs were captivating, the café was marvellous and in my view, great value for money and veggie-friendly (I can thoroughly recommend the takeaway picnic box), and as for the shop, that was excellent, I did plenty of early Christmas shopping. It was a wet and miserable day outside, but we managed to while away a good few hours. Thanks to all the staff and also lots of friendly customers I chatted to on that day too.
As for COVID compliance, everything seemed fine to me, but it was a quiet day. Loos were exceptionally clean.
Written May 17, 2021
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louise p
1 contribution
Wonderul service
May 2021
Fantastic place to visit - wonderful service - free gift wrapping aswell done beautifully. Spent a wonderful afternoon there
Written May 16, 2021
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Lynsey
Cullompton, UK434 contributions
Free to visit
Oct 2020 • Family
For those complaining...maybe you should go elsewhere.
You cant expect staff to stand at the front of store telling you to social distance. Use your own initiative, If people are getting to close then move away.
Firstly the site is small, it's free to get in. If you dont like it then go elsewhere and pay to get in. You can't please everyone!!
Floor is clearly marked with directions and hand sanitizers are there on way in.

I personally like it here, have been for many years. Didn't use the restaurant so can't comment.
We love watching the glass making and fell in love with a lovely beach vase....unfortunately we didn't buy it as it was £180...maybe another time.
My children enjoyed the marble run, could stand there and watch it all day - very fascinating.
Staff was welcoming and pleasant.
Marbles was very reasonably priced and we came away with some lovely items.

We will visit again.
Written November 7, 2020
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Dear 587Lynseyp Thank you so much your positive feedback and understanding - it is so good to hear . We hope to see you again very soon. Thank you.
Written December 10, 2020
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Sam P
2 contributions
Poor COVID conpliance
Oct 2020 • Family
We normally really enjoy visiting the House of Marbles however today left us disappointed. COVID compliance is very poor. We felt unsafe. There was far too many people in the building, no social distancing and no observing the one way system. At the very least the House of Marbles needs a booking system or someone at the door limiting numbers. I will not be visiting again until COVID has gone!
Written October 29, 2020
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Hello Thank you for posting your feedback - it is important to us. We are genuinely very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit here. In order to ensure that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe we have worked with and acted on the advice of our local Environmental Health Officer to further improve on the systems we already have set in place & to regulate the number of visitors on site & she is satisfied with what we have done. We have worked hard to ensure that we comply with government guidelines & regulations including carrying out risk assessments, installing hand sanitiser stations, setting up one way systems, using enhanced cleaning regimes, putting up signs, adding screens around counters etcetera. Whilst we are still working on skeleton staff we simply do not have the capacity to employ someone on the door or to take bookings (particularly as we do not charge entrance fees). On busy days we put a large and very clear sign outside our doors asking customers not to enter until another one leaves - whilst the majority observe this & follow social distancing guidelines - unfortunately not everyone does. We hope that you and your family stay safe.
Written November 2, 2020
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JonPratt
Devon, UK58 contributions
Lovely , but . . . . .
Oct 2020
There is much to delight here, not least the marble runs, the intimate museum exhibits, the glass making viewing and the welcome and enthusiasm of staff. The cafe is very good and all of this is free. But two things. Firstly the Covid protection is poor; there were too many people in this small space at one time. They must have booked or staggered entry. Secondly the shop is an odd mixture of quality and "fart joke" tat.
I am far from prudish but my six year old grandson did ask me what "I would rather have a sh*g" on a prominently displayed mug meant. You don't need this. Paignton seafront, yes. Here, no!
Written October 28, 2020
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Zed
Teignmouth, UK4 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2020 • Family
Rainy day today so we popped to the house of marbles and we weren’t disappointed. The glass blowing is fascinating and so creative. Lots of amazing glass to purchase at reasonable prices for such great artwork. We particularly like the marble runs and could watch them for hours.
Written October 27, 2020
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