Things to do

Dartington Hall is superbly situated for those who want to get the most out of Devon.

Exeter and Plymouth are easily accessible via the nearby A38, and between the two lies the stunning, windswept landscapes and rocky tors of Dartmoor National Park.

Travelling in the opposite direction will lead you to the pretty seaside towns of Torbay, including Torquay and Brixham, and many miles of spectacular coastal paths.

At Dartington, you’ll stay in rooms facing our medieval listed courtyard, with easy access to 880 acres of glorious Grade 2* listed gardens, the best in local and seasonal food and drink at The White Hart, a wide film programme at the 15th century Barn Cinema, a shopping centre packed with unique gifts and treats for everyone,  and much more.

The crystal-clear River Dart runs through the Dartington estate, offering opportunities for canoeing and other outdoor pursuits – or you can simply stroll along the riverbank via our many miles of woodland paths. You can find out about walking around the estate here.

Dartington is also an accommodation partner for various countryside shoots in the area.  Shoots take place at Berry Castle, Brownstone Shoot, Delamore Shoot, Newton Ferrers, Flete Estate, Lyneham, and Torr Brook. We offer a package rate of B&B plus dinner at £99 per person. Contact us using the details at the top of this page for more information.

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Sharpham Vineyard

The White Hart at Dartington Hall is proud to offer a selection of award winning cheese and wine produced by Sharpham Vineyard, just five miles from our estate.  Enjoy a visit to the vineyard, choose from a selection of tours and perhaps sample some of the cheese and wine whilst overlooking the glorious Devon countryside.

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South Devon Railway

The whistle of the steam engines as they journey  between Buckfastleigh and Totnes are a familiar sound on the Dartington estate.  The South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the South West.  Take a nostalgic trip along the banks of The River Dart to Totnes where you can explore the ancient market town.

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Visit Totnes

The ancient market town of Totnes is a must see.  Totnes is a captivating town set on one of Britain’s most picturesque and historically significant waterways, the River Dart. Its cosmopolitan population generates an exciting range of cultural activities and fosters passionate exploration of new ideas. The locals pride themselves on being a little different.  Just 2 miles from the Dartington estate, there are regular outdoor markets in the Civil Hall Square in Totnes every Friday and Saturday throughout the year that have a very wide selection of stalls offering clothing, plants, foods, antiques, collectables, hot food, unusual and unique products and much, much more. A market well worth visiting whilst shopping in Totnes!

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Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is located just 30 minutes from the Dartington estate and well worth a visit during your stay.  Dartmoor was the filming location Stephen Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’, BBC TV’s ‘Sherlock’, ITV’s Ray Mears ‘Wild Walks’ and Neil Oliver’s epic BBC production ‘A History of Ancient Britain’ and is also home to the Dartmoor pony.  From its striking granite tors to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away villages and hamlets.  It is a land of contrasts – some people come to experience the tranquillity by getting away from it all, whilst others come to get active.

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Greenway House and Gardens

Take an extraordinary glimpse into the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.  This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.  The walled gardens are home to the restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children.

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Torre Abbey and gardens, Torquay

Torre Abbey on the English Riviera tells the story of 800 years of history, from life in a medieval monastery, through its dissolution by Henry VIII, the Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, and Georgian family life – to its present incarnation as a museum, art gallery and Ancient Scheduled Monument.

Torre Abbey’s award-winning garden is famed for exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias set around the Abbey ruins. The Palm House contains tropical and sub-tropical plants including endangered palms from Kew Gardens, with bananas, pineapples and tropical flowers. Kids can explore with our discovery backpacks and outdoor learning activities throughout the year.

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Kent’s Cavern

Kent’s Cavern on the English Riviera is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain’s best showcaves! On your visit you’ll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you’ll be surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.

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The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company

The best way to explore South Devon! The trip includes steam train, river boat and bus visiting the picturesque towns of Dartmouth and Totnes.

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Self-Drive Classic Cars

Hire a classic car and make the most of the Devon sunshine with a classic car as part of your holiday.  Classic and sports car hire from Self Drive Classics Ltd is here to fill a nostalgia gap for those who yearn for the days when motoring meant freedom and excitement.

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Unique Devon Tours

Owned and run by local expert Alex Graeme, Unique Devon Tours organises fascinating and entertaining holidays for small groups in this beautiful and intriguing area of England, making the most of the wonderful array of activities, attractions and things to do in Devon.

The Dartington Hall gardens are just one of the many tour locations offered by Alex.

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Unique Devon Tours

Totnes Chamber of Commerce

The Totnes and District Chamber of Commerce is made up of traders and businesses whose aim is to promote the business community in and around Totnes. They often list upcoming news and events happening in Totnes on their website.

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Totnes chamber of commerce

Torquay Museum

Searching for things to do in Torquay and Devon? Head to Torquay Museum and enjoy all the fun and family activities they have to offer – exhibitions, activities, events, lectures, outdoor activities and more.

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