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. Click here to find out more.

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Upcoming events

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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Foodie nights in the White Hart

Enjoy a cracking curry or fabulous fish and chips for £9.95 on set weeknights throughout October.

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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.

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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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Pick of the Week from The Shops at Dartington

With its special features the Corkcicle Air not only allows the wine to be poured elegantly from the bottle, but also aerates the wine as you pour, introducing just the right amount of oxygen for your wine’s subtle flavours to really peak. Read More >>

Ted Tuppen CBE, Chairman of the Trustee Board, addresses Landworks supporters

Local community raises over £20,000 for ground-breaking prisoner charity

LandWorks, the ground-breaking prisoner resettlement scheme at Dartington, celebrated another year of remarkable achievement and raised over £16,000 for the charity at its annual open day. Read More >>

The Food Shop team accept their winners award at the Food and Drink Devon awards from the BBC's Nigel Barden (right)

The Shops at Dartington scoop award for food and drink offering

The Food Shop at The Shops at Dartington has been dubbed 'Food Retailer of the Year' at the prestigious Food and Drink Devon awards. 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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Thanks to Gillian Cartwright for sending in this fantastic image of Queen's Marsh in flood!

Food and Farming blog: Getting our ducks in a row at Queen's Marsh

Following the results of a feasibility study which recommended proactively reinstating wetland habitats in Queen’s Marsh, Harriet has been trying to do exactly that - but it's not the simplest of tasks... Read More >>

Dartington Summer School & Festival 2016: Gallery

Summer School blog: A Day in the Life of a House Parent

Ever wondered what it takes work behind the scenes at the Summer School? One of our volunteers gives us a clue as he talks us through a 'typical' day! Read More >>


Arts Lab Dartington moves to Space studios

Facilitated by artist Sara Downham-Lotto, Arts Lab aims to energise Aller Park with creative thinking and doing, linking with other arts practitioners, schools and colleges, the health service and local business. (Link to external site) Read More >>

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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: 9am-8pm

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