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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Belarus Free Theatre

Persecuted artists will not be silenced: an astonishing, contemporary new work featuring Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokina.

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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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Two new Board members appointed as Dartington seeks sustainable future

The Dartington Hall Trust has announced two new appointments to the Board with the aim of strengthening its foundations across social justice, social enterprise and partnership development. Read More >>


Pick of the Week from The Shops at Dartington

Pack up your troubles in this beautiful bag - and save the environment at the same time! Bags from Devon company Weaver Green look and feel just like wool but are actually woven from 100% recycled plastic, making them waterproof, hard-wearing and easy to clean. 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 >>

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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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 >>

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 >>

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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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