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.

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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Deer Park Wall Phase 1 restoration

New heritage attraction gets green light – nearly!

The Dartington Hall Trust has secured new funding of almost £750,000 to repair and conserve a historically significant area of the 800-acre estate – a medieval Deer Park and its 18th century Grade II listed stone wall. Read More >>

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Your Place – Your Future – Your Say: Dartington community invited to take part in consultation

The Dartington Hall Trust links up with local partners in response to the councils’ draft proposals for development in our area. 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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Ceilidh

Summer School blog: Where did the Ceilidh originate?

One of Summer School 2016's many open-to-all concerts is a Ceilidh. Here, the Summer School look at the history of this energetic dance and why you don't need to know what you're doing to join in. Read More >>

Florian Mitrea. Photography: Hana Zushi Courtesy of Royal Academy of Music

Summer School blog: Meet the artist

The brilliant young Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea won the Lagny-sur-Marne 2014 and Panmusica 2010 international piano competitions. He will be performing Beethoven in the Great Hall at Dartington on 16 August 2016. Read More >>

Male Sparrowhawk (RSPB)

WildWise blog: Hotter than July....

WildWise's Chris Salisbury takes a look at how the animal kingdom reacts to the heat, and things to keep an eye out for in the natural world this summer. 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

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