Dartington Gardens tours

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

When: Every Wednesday 11-12.30am. Tours run until mid-October


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.

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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.

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

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.

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About us

The Dartington Experiment began over 90 years ago when our founders, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, set out to build a community inspired by the idea of a ‘many-sided life’.

Today, we believe that their vision is more relevant today than ever before. We aim to be a place where people can realise their individual and collective potential, and are given a chance to connect with themselves, each other, and the environment.

Across the estate, a programme of events and visitor attractions operate year-round; artists, makers, farmers, educators, craftspeople and entrepreneurs live and work; and the community continues to ‘learn by doing’, finding inspiration in the Elmhirst’s progressive ideas and experimental approach.

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