Located in the old Bovey Potteries site, the Marble Museum has a variety of exhibitions including an antique marble making machine and a collection of toys & games dating back to 3rd century BC. Watch the glass blowers at work in the Teign Valley Glass Studios as they produce huge Victorian replica marbles.
The House of Marbles is a glass factory outlet and museum set on the outskirts of the small town of Bovey Tracey, on the edge of Dartmoor. It is set within a historical pottery and has been manufacturing marbles, glassware, toys and games for many years.
Within the museum there are three attractions – the marble museum, working glass factory and games museum. In the marble museum you can take a look a historical collection of marbles with some of the oldest and rarest in the world, as well as an explanation of how they’re made, and there are also six marble runs including the largest in the country. The glass museum and factory explores the 4000 year history of glass, showing how it’s made and you can watch the highly skilled craftsmen at work in the glass blowing factory. Within the games museum there are collections of marble games and board games from as early as the 1600s.
There is also a coffee shop and restaurant on-site at the House of Marbles, while within the gardens there are garden games including giant chess and skittles, children’s playground and marble fountain.