Before your visit

Opening hours

(all Mon-Sun)

GardensDeer Park and estate trails: dawn ’till dusk, all year round
Visitor Centre: 9am-5pm
Shops: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun (Venus Cafe 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sun)
Barn Cinema Box Office: 12.30-7pm
The Green Table: 8.30am–6pm, Mon-Sun
White Hart: 12-3pm & 5.30-9pm (bar open from 12 noon-11pm)
Roundhouse Cafe: 11am-8pm, Mon-Sun

Festive opening hours

Visiting over the holiday period? Make sure you plan ahead by taking a look at exceptions to our usual opening hours >


The bigger picture

A map with everything in our estate and Gardens


Map with meeting rooms and facilities

Dartington’s a big place

Read our guide to walking around the estate

We’re dog-friendly

Designated dog areas and details of bird nesting (on-lead) season

Getting here

On arrival, hotel guests can check in at East Wing Reception (point 22 on the second page of the estate map). Drivers should proceed past the main car park (full directions below), taking the second right over a cattle grid and up to the small parking area designated for check-in/out.

Our Guest Services Assistants will welcome you to Dartington Hall and provide you with a Parking Permit for the main car park.

Attending a conference? A map of our meeting rooms can be found above.

From Exeter: From the M5, take the Plymouth (A38) road until the exit signposted to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Turn left onto the A384 and shortly after the Dartington village sign, turn left at Dartington Church and follow for 1 mile. The main car park is on the left.

From Plymouth take the A38 up to the A385 turning, signposted to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Then as above.

Our main car parks are located at the core estate (near to the Hall and Gardens) and at The Shops at Dartington. Parking is transferable, so you can switch between these locations as long as you’ve got time left on your ticket.

Our modest parking fees enable us to keep the Gardens free to all, and provide vital funds for on-going maintenance of the estate’s roads, footpaths, buildings, grounds and gardens – we appreciate your support in this.

Charges: 50p for one hour,  £1 for four hours, £3 for any length stay from 9am to 6pm.

  • Parking is free for motorcycles – look for the designated motorcycle parking areas (core estate only).
  • Parking is free for visitors spending £10 or more at The Shops at Dartington – your refund will be processed at point of sale.
  • Parking charges are payable by cash or mobile phone. Change for the meters will be available from the Visitor Centre at Dartington Hall between 9am and 5pm.
  • Blue badge parking for visitors with disabilities is free and the first 15 minutes of parking are free of charge for everyone to enable short visits, drop offs and pick ups.
  • Annual Parking Permits are available to Dartington Members – click here for more info ⇒

Electric vehicle charging points: The core estate car park has two 7kw units and two 22kw units. The Shops at Dartington car park has three 7kw units and one 22kw units. All units are available on a pay-as-you-go basis via the app.

The nearest rail station is at Totnes (on the main Paddington – Penzance line), approximately 1½ miles from Dartington (approx. 35 min walk/10 min taxi ride).There is a taxi rank at Totnes Station. There is a footpath to Dartington directly from the station which travels alongside the River Dart for ¾ mile and meets with the Dartington drive; the walk is undulating and challenging for pushchairs.
Bus number 165 serves Dartington Hall from Buckfastleigh and Totnes. For timetables and information please call traveline on 0870 608 2 608.

There are coaches from London (Victoria Coach Station) and other major cities which go to Newton Abbot Railway Station. You can then connect with a train to Totnes. Some coaches go direct to Royal Seven Stars at Totnes.

There is a Sustrans cycle path running along the edge of the Dartington Hall estate, from Dartington village to Totnes, which intersects with the lower Dartington drive that leads uphill from Totnes to Dartington Hall. Once at Dartington, 8 covered bike ‘parking spaces’ are available in the main car park and 5 further uncovered spaces can be found behind the East Wing. Please bring your own secure bike lock.
The Dartington Hall estate can be reached via various footpaths from all directions, but it’s worth highlighting that it is connected to neighbouring Totnes by a handy path.

To access it, walk through Totnes Rail Station’s main car park to the opposite end from the main road. You will soon locate the footpath to Dartington. Follow the path to the banks of the River Dart and turn left. The path continues with the river on your right and leads round to a large weir. Continue along the riverside path to reach a lane. Turn right along the lane, cross Bidwell Brook and you’ll have a choice of continuing to The Shops at Dartington (via a marked path on your left) or continuing straight on to the main estate.

It’s worth noting that while the whole route is pushchair-friendly, the final climb to the main estate is substantial.

Accessibility information

Keeping the estate open and accessible for all is of utmost importance to us. Please select a topic below for further information, and if have any queries not covered above please contact us.

Access to the Gardens and other areas has been made easier through our mobility scooter hire scheme.

The scooter is available to hire from the Visitor Centre – Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm (last booking) and training is provided. Full details on booking & charges

Blue badge parking for visitors with disabilities is free and the first 15 minutes of parking are free of charge for everyone to enable short visits, drop offs and pick ups. For those staying at Dartington Hall, parking for those with a disabled badge is available at the East Wing.

There are two accessible parking bays outside Space Studios.

We work hard to keep the Gardens accessible as possible – wide, flat paths, clear signage and even a custom-built bridge all help ensure that most of the Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs. Our beautiful Gardens map, available at the Visitor Centre for £1, contains details of accessible routes.

All permissive paths are marked clearly on our estate map (see Maps, above).

When using any of the paths on the Dartington Hall estate, we ask walkers to follow the Countryside Code. The government’s website on the new Countryside Code can be accessed here. Please keep dogs on a lead at all times. Please also note some of the paths are uneven and can become slippery during damp or wet weather and so it is advisable to wear stout shoes if you are planning to walk around the estate.

Please note that at periods throughout the year these paths may be closed at short notice. Groups of 10 or more walkers wishing to walk on the Dartington Hall estate should complete an application form so we can help advise you of planned work or other impediments to your route. Please click here for a copy of the form.

The Barn Cinema/Theatre, Great Hall and Studios 1, 3 & 31 have wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. An infra-red hearing system is available in the Barn and Great Hall.

Studio 1 at Space Studios is accessible to wheelchairs and there is an accessible toilet. There are two accessible parking bays outside the building.

The White Hart is spacious and assessable to wheelchair users. Menus are clearly typed and can be read to the guest on request. Chef can adapt meals for special dietary requirements with advance warning. Assistance dogs are welcome. There are disabled parking bays near the White Hart and in the main car park.
Main Entrance and Reception Features

We have created a permanent ramp from the drop-off point at Guest Reception (a very gentle incline).   Guest Reception is maned 24 hours and staff are available to provide assistance.

We have two access points to our reception on the ground floor.  There is a seat for guests who have to wait to be attended to.

We have a large ground floor unisex toilet with grab-rails and low wall-mounted sink which is designated for disabled guests use. We have no public phone in reception (not an AA requirement) but guests are welcome to use the telephone in reception in an emergency. All doors, entrances and corridors are wide enough for wheelchair/zimmer frame/pushchairs.


All rooms are clearly signed and whilst they are not indicated in Braille type, a member of staff would always be available to guide a guest to their rooms at whatever time of day or night they needed help.

We have three ground floor Courtyard bedrooms which are specifically adapted for wheelchair users.  These rooms are fitted with an assistance pull cord which is covered 24 hours a day.

Assistance dogs are welcomed. Task lighting – an angle point lamp is available from reception on request. There is a telephone in every bedroom.

Fire Safety

Our usual policy is only to accept non-mobile guests with carers who would be responsible for their evacuation in the case of a fire since management cannot guarantee assistance with evacuation. We require that those guests who might need assistance in the case of a fire discuss their requirements with us on check-in to ensure a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) is agreed for their safety.

Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible and include as much detail as we can in the statement, we are always willing to give more information on any aspect of this hotel or discuss specific requirements with prospective guests.