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 be reopening the Gardens from 17 April onwards, with online booking open now.
Year-round from 9am–5pm daily (10am–4pm during winter months).
(You can arrive at any time on the day you book)
(£7 local rate for residents within TQ9 postal code)
Dartington Members: FREE*
Applies automatically during checkout. More about Membership >
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!
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 commissioned sculptures 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.