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Published May 6th 2019
You might get crafty after a visit here
With so much to see and do in and around Exeter in south Devon, we thought that we'd try to visit as many of the free places as we could to see how they compare to the places you have to pay to visit.

So on this trip, we took the family to the House of Marbles. It's located in an old pottery works in Bovey Tracey, a small town that lies between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

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Main Entrance

It has ample parking, which makes it easy to visit.

As you go in, you enter a large shop that's filled with all sorts of interesting artefacts for sale including toys, games, clothing and glassworks, with modern and old school toys and also many one of a kind handcrafted objects.

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Marble run display

Going through the shop to the right takes you to the marble displays, that not only contain interesting facts but also some special displays of marble runs, which are made out of metal and are sure to amuse young and old.

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Marble machine and displays

Furthermore, there is a large display of old games and a marble making machine that's made over two million marbles.

Watch the glass makers at work

One of the interesting parts of the site to visit is the glass making area where you can watch the glass-smith at work from the overhead gallery. This closeup view gives a good insight into the work and craftsmanship involved and with the information signs around you, it enables you to know what all the tools are used for while feeling the heat of the furnaces below.

The objects being made are available to purchase and you may get to see several different ones being made; they range from large vases and plates to small intricate ornaments

Hand crafted glass for sale

If your hungry, there is a restaurant in the heart of the old pottery building that serves food from 9am (10am Sundays) to 4.30pm. It gets busy around lunchtime, so you may need to book in advance. Prices are average for tourist attractions in this area.

Outside there is a good size play area for the kids, where they can tire themselves out and you can look at the old pottery kilns.

We managed to spend several hours here, enjoying all the displays, watching the glass-smiths at work and having a nice coffee, even visiting again as we enjoyed it so much. As a free attraction, we found that it's better value than several of the paid ones we've visited in the area.
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Why? Get nostalgic and watch a craftsperson at work
When: All year, except New years day, christmas & boxing day and easter Sunday
Phone: 01626 835285
Where: House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass The Old Pottery Bovey Tracey Devon TQ13 9DS
Cost: Free
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