Dartington Gardens tours


Venue Meet under the archway entrance to the Courtyard (by Barn Cinema box office entrance)

When: 11am-12.30pm, every Wednesday and Sunday


Tours are free (unless you're bringing a group of over 10 people - see below). In order to help our small team of gardeners keep this place special for everyone, an opportunity will be provided at the end of the tour for attendees to make an entirely optional donation towards the Gardens’ upkeep.

About this event

Our volunteer-led tours are a brilliant opportunity to discover the secrets of our glorious Gardens.

From the 14th Century buildings, to the much-loved Sunny Border, to one of the oldest trees in England, you’ll hear the stories behind individual features and learn about some of the Garden mysteries, unanswered even today.

The gardens at Dartington Hall are world class Grade II listed and are open, free of charge, all year round. Although the history of the gardens goes back several hundred years, it was not until Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst arrived in 1925 that its true potential was realised.

The Garden Tour starts under the archway entrance to the courtyard next to the Barn Cinema box office. It departs at 11am every Wednesday and Sunday, and takes 90 minutes. The tour is free to individuals and small groups (see below for larger tours), although there is an opportunity at the end to make a donation. This year money raised by the volunteer tour guides will go towards repairing the wrought iron gates seen next to the Sunny Border, which is passed on the tour.

Dartington would like to warmly thank our volunteers who make these tours happen.

Group tours

If bringing a group of over 10 people, booking in advance will be required and a donation per person will be requested. Please contact volunteering@dartington.org to book.

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.


We are a charity, and over the past few years we have begun to revitalise our vision, purpose and impact as an experimental project. As a member, you’ll feel much more a part of our work, helping us to create a Dartington that is fit for the 21st century and is a model and test-bed for a sustainable society.