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.

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.

11am-12.30pm, every Wednesday and (NEW for 2019) Sunday

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.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.