Welcome to Dartington

About us

Every year at Dartington we welcome over 650,000 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


The Nutcracker

The festive favourite returns to the Barn Cinema. Don’t miss this beautiful production set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

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community-choir-squareCommunity Choir’s Christmas Concert

The brilliant Dartington Community Choir return to the Great Hall to perform Haydn’s The Seasons.

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hedgespoken-boardHedgespoken Winter Showcase

A unique and magical showcase of puppetry, theatre, music and storytelling, set on the back of a 1966 Bedford lorry!

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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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Bob Tomlinson and potential self builders discuss the issues at a community consultation workshop in November 2016

Award-winning architects appointed to Dartington’s self and custom build project

The Trust has appointed an award-winning architectural practice to co-design its new development of self and custom build homes at the Plantation, Dartington Lane. Read More >>


The Shops Pick of the Week

Just Add Colour Ceramic Travel Mug: Discover a world of colour with this ‘Gift of the Year’ nominee, featuring attractive black and white designs to colour in yourself using the four food safe pens provided. Once your design is complete, all you need to do is heat the mug in your oven to make the colours permanent! Read More >>

South Devon Refugee Support Network workshop

South Devon Refugee Support Network asks for warm socks this Christmas

The six south Devon groups behind a year of welcome for refugees are calling for donations of warm socks or toiletries for people who are refugees or homeless in Devon this Christmas. 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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Volunteer Martin Broadbent carries out a gravestone rubbing as part of a project documenting the stones in St Mary's Old Churchyard.

Volunteer blog: How can stone rubbing tell us about the past?

Martin Broadbent, a Dartington volunteer, is collaborating with Mary Bartlett to survey, map and list the gravestones in St Mary’s Old Churchyard. As the project progresses, Sonja finds out how stone rubbing is aiding Martin's work. Read More >>

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 >>

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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)
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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