Welcome to Dartington

About us

Every year at Dartington we welcome over 800,000 visitors who take part in our events, courses, and festivals and enjoy our cinema, shops, restaurant and gardens, proceeds from which fund our extensive charitable work.

Inspired by our founders, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, we are currently working towards a new long-term vision to be a pioneer of deep personal and societal change. Find out more

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Upcoming events

Dartington International Summer School and Festival 2016

30 July – 27 August: four weeks of world-class courses and concerts on the Dartington estate.

Explore the concert programme   Take a look at the courses on offer

great hall at night

Survey: help us make Community Day even better!

Have you attended a Community Day in the past? Help us make next year’s event even better and be in with a chance of winning Barn Cinema tickets.

Click here to complete our three-minute survey

Silkestrella hangs from a turkey oak on the Great Lawn on Community Day 2016

Crafted at DartingtonCrafted @ Dartington 

Our programme of affordable, accessible activities that provide great craft for everyone just got better.

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The Society of Strange and Ancient InstrumentsTotnes Early Music Society concerts

TEMS return to showcase a new autumn/winter programme in partnership with The Arts at Dartington.

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ab fab movie sqOpen Air Cinema season

Enjoy great films in the evening sun at Hannahs at Seale Hayne, in partnership with the Barn Cinema.

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Current projects

Just a small selection of developments from across the Dartington estate. Visit Our work to explore everything that we do.

Refugee and asylum support

We are part of a network offering practical support and welcome for refugees and asylum seekers in South Devon.


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Aller Park rooms reopen

Register now for this new, community-led project bringing two rooms back into use for artists and practitioners.

Aller Park community collective room 2

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Deer Park Wall restoration

Latest news on ongoing work to repair and conserve the historic 18th century Grade 11 listed Deer Park Wall on the estate.

Deer Park Wall Phase 1 restoration

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Queen's Marsh restoration

Find out why we’re conducting a feasibility study into the potential to restore Queen’s Marsh to a wetland habitat.

Thanks to Gillian Cartwright for sending in this fantastic image of Queen's Marsh in flood!

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Dartington is changing

The Dartington Hall Trust is currently going through a time of significant transformation. We are working towards a new long-term vision to be a pioneer of deep personal and societal change, inspired by our founders Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst and their concept of a ‘many-sided’ life’.

Visit our ‘Dartington is changing’ microsite to find out more about how we are working towards a new strategy and approach at Dartington

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Latest News

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Paul Hollywood Wooden Pie Dolly

Pick of the Week from The Shops at Dartington

Can you guess what our mystery item is? Here’s a clue: it’ll make a tricky Technical Challenge much easier and could well earn you the title of Star Baker. Read More >>

High Cross House. Photographer: Nigel Shuttleworth

High Cross House - update following public meeting

Over 15 ideas were presented for High Cross House at our recent public meetings. This update outlines some of the ideas submitted, along with next steps. Read More >>


Our response to the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan

We have now submitted a series of technical assessments and further high level planning around the potential for development on the Dartington estate to South Hams District Council. Read More >>

Gallery: Dartington’s Great Hall & Gardens

The Great Hall

The Sunny Border

Henry Moore's Reclining Figure

The Tiltyard

2,000-year-old yew tree

Daisies near St Mary's Tower

The Great Hall

Azalea Garden and Swan Fountain

Swan Fountain

View of Hall from Tiltyard summit

Snowdrops in the Gardens

Blogs from around the estate

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Wall building at LandWorks

LandWorks blog: 'Simples'

"Lock them up, categorise by using one label, problem solved, so society doesn’t really have to think about them." Chris Parsons of LandWorks believes there is a better way (opens in new website). Read More >>

Martin Broadbent, volunteer in St Mary's Old Church Yard

Volunteer blog: Dartington's ancestral stones

The identity of those buried in St Mary's Old Churchyard, is to a significant degree, unknown. Martin Broadbent, a volunteer, has begun research to discover more of this Dartington story. Read More >>


Guest blog: Writing with Marina Warner

"We considered riddles, quests and prohibitions, objects that come to life and speak...the ghost and the creature transformed" - a Summer School attendee blogs on her experience (opens in new website). Read More >>

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Donate to Dartington

Your help goes a long way, and we are extremely grateful for any contribution you can make. You can donate to Dartington generally or to specific projects.

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Opening hours & directions

(all Mon-Sun)
Gardens: dawn ’till dusk
Visitor Centre: 9am-5pm
Shops: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun(Venus Cafe 8.30am-5pm Mon-Sun; Cranks 8.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm Sun)
Barn Cinema Box Office: 12.30-7pm
White Hart restaurant: 12-3pm & 5.30-9pm
White Hart bar: 12 noon-11pm
Roundhouse Cafe: 10am-8pm

Visiting Dartington - maps, directions & more