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To our Grade II* Listed Gardens
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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.

opening hours

Year-round from 9am–5pm daily (10am–4pm during winter months).

Admission fees*

(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)

Concessions

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

tours (optional)

See below for full dates and details.

Adult: £2 (FREE from 1 Oct) | 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!

garden tours

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.

The tours take place every Wednesday at 11am and are FREE with your Gardens general entry ticket. You will need to book your place – you’ll have the chance to do this during the booking process.

The last tour of 2021 will take place on 24 November. We’ll then take a break for the winter before adding new dates in 2022.

We are hugely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for offering these tours.

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.

Michael Record
Lead Gardener

Laura Beer
Gardener

mo holt
Gardener

Richard Hunt
Gardener

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.

accessibility

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.

dartington membership

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.

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