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House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey

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House of Marbles is a splendid place to visit in Bovey Tracey, just off the A38 on the outskirts of Dartmoor. With no charge for admission and free parking, hours can be spent watching the many fantastical marble runs in action. Seek out new and exciting treats in the gift, game and homeware shop.

It is a unique site with plenty for all ages and the whole family to see. Explore the museums, learn about the history of pottery and view the bottle kilns that are still standing today. Be amused by the spiffing games of old, ponder the many generations who’ve played with the antique marbles on display and catch a glimpse of the history of glass before watching it being crafted in the onsite working glassworks.

Stay for a bite to eat in the licensed Old Pottery Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch with choices from the Chef’s specials board, or afternoon tea. There’s outdoor seating for warmer months and a secluded children’s play frame, and this is also where you’ll hunt down the huge floating marble in the games garden.

Don’t miss a visit to this treasure on the edge moors.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • A really great free family place to visit. We went with the generations of our family and everyone enjoyed it. Really cool marble runs, including a huge one upstairs (I couldn't see a lift for that part but I may have just not noticed it). Really nice shop and very very good cafe. The cakes looked great and there was a good range of ice creams. There was a nice kids play area outside with a wooden climbing frame supposedly from age 3. Our aged 7 daughter (albeit with special needs) really struggled to climb up it though as there wasn't a normal ladder so needed a lot of supervision. There's was a big round thing outside for them to spin marbles in which they loved and various outdoor games. Well worth a visit
  • It's a nice stop, free to get in as it's basically a very well stocked tourist shop but with the addition of a small marble museum and pottery museum. The best bits are the marble runs, a few in the museum and one enormous one on the wall. They're intricate and incredible to watch in action. You can go to the workshop and watch the glass blowers and Craftsmen working. The cafe menu looks nice but didn't try the food, and outside is a reasonable kids play area.
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