Visiting the gardens
Experience a sense of tranquillity at our impressive Grade II* listed gardens, which have been shaped and inspired by the remarkable custodians of this special place for over 1,000 years. On your visit to the 26 acres of tended grounds, you’ll find a range of stunning features with beautiful vistas and creative sculptures, including ancient trees and impressive plant species.
Our gardens team have been working hard to bring some of the hidden secrets of the gardens to life. On arrival, you’ll pick up a beautifully design gardens guide (included in the ticket price), and there’s also an activity trail for children to engage in with hidden paths to explore. Stay awhile and enjoy delicious food from The White Hart Restaurant or The Green Table café.
Read on for more about what to expect on your trip. Finally, we want to say THANK YOU. By visiting, you are providing crucial support for the upkeep of our gardens, and helping our small but dedicated team improve and preserve this remarkable place for generations to come.
Covid-19 reopening info
We are delighted to say that our Gardens are now fully open, with online booking available now.
Year-round from 9am–5pm daily (10am–4pm during winter months).
(You can arrive at any time on the day you book)
Adult: £7 | Child: £2 | Under fives: FREE | Family: £15 (2 adults plus up to 6 children)
If you are a resident in a TQ postal code area, over 65, or hold a Blue Light Card, chose a concessionary ticket type during checkout.
Adult: £5 | Child: £2 | Under fives: FREE | Family: £10 (2 adults plus up to 6 children)
Dartington Members (plus one guest): Free
Click ‘BOOK NOW’ and add tickets to your basket as normal; your membership discount will apply automatically during checkout. More about Membership >
Free entry is also available to carers, those on income support, and a variety of other groups - click here to show details
Please note that if you qualify for free gardens entry via one of the below criteria, you will need to book tickets on arrival (online booking unavailable).
- Families / Individuals in receipt of income support, or anyone registered disabled, partially sighted or blind (includes those receiving Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, low income benefits or disability benefits. Please come to the Welcome Centre to book, and bring proof of entitlement.)
- Carers (with a full paying adult or child)
- Guests staying in our Courtyard Rooms
- Dartington Trust Staff and Volunteers, plus guest
- Dartington Collaborative Network members, plus guest
- Student Membership holders, plus guest
See below for full dates and details.
Adult: £2 | Child: FREE
great for kids
Families can enjoy our all-new children’s nature trail within the gardens, with inspired nature activities including bug hotels, den building and more.
Our gorgeous new trail map included in your ticket price – make sure you pick one up on arrival!
Join one of our highly popular, volunteer-led Garden Tours (duration: 90 minutes) to learn more about the heritage, beauty and historical features of the Gardens.
If a tour is available on your chosen date, you will be given Tour ticket options during the booking process. You can check upcoming dates below.
We are hugely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for offering these tours.
upcoming tour dates
To give the best possible experience to our visitors we are currently limiting the numbers on each tour to twelve; if we have reached the limit, it will not be possible to book on that day.
Tue 3 Aug 2021 at 2 PM
Wed 4 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 5 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Sun 8 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 11 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 12 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Fri 13 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 18 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 19 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 25 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 26 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Fri 27 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Sun 29 Aug 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 1 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 2 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Tue 7 Sep 2021 at 2 PM
Wed 8 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 9 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 15 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 16 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Fri 17 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Wed 22 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 23 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Fri 24 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 11 AM
About our gardens
The gardens once had a formal Victorian design, but in 1925 the Elmhirsts, together with their designers, began developing the gardens to have a sense of natural wilderness, including mossy paths, fern-covered stone walls, and banks of spring flowers.
They brought over acclaimed garden designer Beatrix Farrand from the United States in the 1930s, with the gardens the only example of her work outside America. She was followed by Percy Cane, who worked on the gardens until the 1960s. The Elmhirsts also commissioned sculptures, such as Henry Moore’s Memorial Figure, and opened up vistas, creating a timeless quality of tranquillity and peace.
The gardens are both rich in history and home to some of the most impressive champion trees in the region. They boast ancient trees including the oldest living resident of the gardens, a 1500 year old yew tree, and a line of sweet chestnuts believed to be over 400 years old.
Since the 1930s, the Dartington Trust has looked after the gardens. They are carefully tended to by a team of gardeners, assisted by volunteers.
getting here/getting around
Your entry fee includes a gardens map. As well as all the information you’ll need to find your way around, our map also acts as a guidebook, with fascinating facts about the various treasures you’ll encounter on your visit.
For information on getting to our beautiful estate (whether by foot, car, or pubic transport), click here.
Our gardens are fully accessible, with a wheelchair-friendly entrance and a step-free route that can be followed. Guide dogs are permitted.
We also offer the hire of a Tramper, in partnership with the Countryside Mobility Scheme – find out more here.
Gardens entry is free all year round to Dartington Members – and that’s just one of a wide range of benefits on offer. Find out more here.
What’s more, if you book tickets to the Gardens and buy Membership on arrival, we’ll refund the cost of your tickets.