The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey is a small, free attraction and gift shop that’s a fun thing to do in Devon on a rainy day.

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What is The House of Marbles?

Marbles in run

You may have heard of The House of Marbles gift brand. Well, this is its headquarters in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

As mentioned above, this is a small attraction in South Devon and will provide fun for a few hours max, but it is lovely to visit with children.

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There’s several small marble runs and one huge one that takes up a whole wall. These are mesmerising for adults and children alike. 

Snooker 2000 giant marble run at The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey
Children looking at marble run
Face in marble

As well as the runs there are displays of beautiful and curious marbles, vintage games and pottery. Did you know that marble making dates back more than 4,000 years? Children can also do a brass rubbing trail around the museum for £1.

Vintage games in cabinet

From Wednesday to Saturday you can see glass being blown by the Teign Valley Glass.

Outdoors there’s a garden with a climbing frame, giant games and a giant floating marble.

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What’s different during COVID-19?

Family outside The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey, Devon

Here’s what to expect when visiting The House of Marbles during the pandemic:

  • Face masks are required in the museum and shop in line with Government guidance
  • There’s a one way system for visitors
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are at various points around the museum and shop
  • There’s screens up at tills 
  • The Teign Valley Glass glassworks is open Wednesday to Saturday only at the moment.
  • Toilets and restaurant are open. Booking the restaurant is advised.

The shop

As a gift and toy company’s HQ, the shop is obviously a great place to pick up presents, toys and adult clothing to remember your visit to Bovey Tracey and Devon.

Shop in The House of Marbles

Of course, there’s also a great selection of marbles to start or add to your collection. Prices start at a pocket money friendly 5p.

You can also order their gifts online.

The House of Marbles restaurant

You’re in for a treat if you can secure a table at The Old Pottery Restaurant. It’s small but fun. Kids will be entertained by the animated animals in the gallery above the dining tables indoors. 

Pop in for a generous breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. There’s even a children’s menu.

Is The House of Marbles dog-friendly?

Yes, your dog can visit the museums and shops with you. They are not allowed in The Old Pottery Restaurant but you can sit with them and be served in the garden.

Free parking 

Car park and entrance to The House of Marbles
Car park and entrance

There’s plenty of free parking. Don’t worry if the car park looks full out front. There are more spaces at the rear.

Where is The House of Marbles?

Here’s where to find The House of Marbles in South Devon:

Opening times

The House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

Find out more about visiting The House of Marbles on its website.

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