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“Great little attraction”

Creetown Gem Rock Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Creetown
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great little attraction”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

A really interesting couple of hours spent learning more about gems and crystals and how they were formed. My 7 year old son really enjoyed doing one of the quizzes they had to offer also. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, nice gift shop and cafe.

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North East
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A little Gem, worth visiting”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Spent a good few hours here over the May Bank holiday having travelled from Southerners. It's a family owned and run museum and the owner was on hand to tell you about the gem collection.
Nice tea-room as well.
Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Absolutely Brilliant - for everyone, all ages!!”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Visited a fantastic place called the Gem Rock Museum in Creetown. It's run by a family, and the whole staff were extremely friendly and hospitable, especially the head honcho, Mr Stephenson, what a lovely man. He always made an appearance when anyone new came into the museum, asked where they were from, engaged them in conversation about themselves and their travels, and if they had children he got them to do some of the various quizes where they have to walk around and find answers in the museum. When they had found the answers, he immediately attended to their questionnaires, and asked if they had fun doing them, and engaged with everyone on their own level. A truly remarkable gentleman, exceedingly hospitable, over and above the usual expected. If you visited again he was pleased to see you, they let you go as many times as you like within a two week period for one price, and each time continued this friendly relationship. There is a beautiful cafe, it's rather too good just to be called a cafe, actually, where the food is gorgeous, and the cake and cream is a little too tempting! Superb display of all the gem rocks imaginable in the first half of the building, if you have any questions there is always someone to answer them without being smug or pushy. There is also a shop at the back where you can buy some lovely items which are actually made on the premises by skilled craftsmen. A short film is also shown at anytime to suit whoever is there at the time, which demonstrates how these gems have been discovered and the process the rock has to go through, which makes you appreciate the beautiful stones all the more. There is a separate area to go round, which is mostly unlit, to display some of the more unusual rocks in their best light.There is also a workshop you can see through a window, which shows all the equipment they use when polishing the gems etc., I don't actually know, but I assume if you are booking a group visit you may be able to see the operators in action? Worth asking, they are all so lovely there. If you have the chance to return again and again, it's the sort of place that each time you visit, you see something new, there is so much to see you really can't take it all in, in one go. I researched this place before we went to Dumfries and Galloway, and the web site really doesn't show off this place to its best advantage. Apparently as they are a family run business and have been for years, they receive no government funding, so merely survive on the generosity of visitors, which is a shame since they are better than any other display I've ever been to, and believe you me, we have visited quite a few of these places over the years. In my opinion this is one of the best places to visit in the area. Fantastic.

Visited April 2014
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Just Brilliant”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Located in Creetown this is a must for anyone who likes looking at rocks from millions of years in the past from virtually every country in the world. From Inca gold to topaz, jade to your birthstone this brilliant venue has it all. Step inside the professors study and watch the presentation on how, where and why minerals are so important. Walk through the dark cave and be amazed at the magnificence of the gems. Browse the shop select your birthstone as a keepsake then enjoy the cafe.
The entrance fee for a family is extraordinary as you can return several times for no additional cost.
This is an amazing place to visit and I rate it very highly.

Visited April 2014
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Buckinghamshire, England
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“very interesting with great cafe”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

very friendly place, knowledgeable and helpful owner. There are quizzes for kids. The café was nice, does breakfasts to. The admission price lasts for 2 weeks so we went for breakfast in the week.

Visited April 2014
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