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.

Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything: how we use our estate to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world.

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Getting here/opening times

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Upcoming events

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Dartington International Summer School and Festival 2016

great hall at night

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

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Take a look at the courses on offer

deckchair readingWays With Words Festival, 8-17 July

A vibrant ten-day festival, which gives a unique chance for those who read books to meet those who write them.

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puck500Midsummer Dreams Festival, 23-24 July

A new weekend event for families with theatre, dance and music from Devon and beyond.

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after darkAfter Dark, various dates

A series of secret intimate gigs and events in hidden, dormant and unseen spaces.

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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 project bringing two rooms back into community use.

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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Estate Framework

Find out the latest updates and thinking around the Framework, including news on public meetings and exhibitions.


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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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High Cross House. Photographer: Nigel Shuttleworth

High Cross House - public meeting

Do you have an idea or workable project which could restore and deliver a viable future use for High Cross House? We are holding a public meeting on 7 July 2016 to hear your proposals for bringing this iconic building back into sustainable use. Read More >>

Grow Wild at Huxhams Cross on Open Farm Sunday 2016

Dartington estate farmers club together to show how their gardens grow

Dartington estate farmers joined together to open their gates to over 250 local people curious about where their food comes from on Open Farm Sunday 2016. 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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Summer School blog: Clog dancing for the uninitiated

We are delighted that accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher will be performing with the Northumbrian piper and folk fiddler Kathryn Tickell as part of Summer School 2016. But what is clog dancing and where did it originate? Read More >>

Arts Lab Aller Park

Arts Lab Dartington: Latest blog from Aller Park

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 >>

Alison Balsom

Summer School blog: Meet the artist

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year and three-time winner at the Classic BRITs, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors. 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: 10am-8pm

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