This is the information hub for the whole estate! Visit to learn about everything we do here and to find out about Dartington’s rich history.
From 15 October, the Visitor Centre can be found opposite the Barn Cinema under the archway (Lower Gatehouse building), near to Dartington Hall (point 3 on the estate map). It is open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, 7 days a week. You can call the Visitor Centre during theses times on 01803 847514.
At the Visitor Centre you can:
- Access information to help you understand more about Dartington past and present
- Access maps to help you find your way around
- Hire an all-terrain mobility scooter (Tramper) to help you get around the estate (find out more about the Tramper hire service)
- Browse a range of gifts – including greetings cards, locally made fudge, Dartington books, craftware & pottery, gifts and more
Dartington is situated in South East Devon, a mile from the historic market town of Totnes.
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.
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.
By bus and coach
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.
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.
50p for one hour
£1 for four hours
£3 for any length stay from 9am to 9pm
- 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.
- On 1 April 2015, Dartington introduced a new parking structure in response to feedback – introducing a cheaper long stay rate and making all tickets transferable between our various parking facilities.
Electric vehicle charging points
We have recently installed two free charging points for electric vehicles located in the main car park at Dartington Hall (postcode TQ9 6EL) available for use by visitors to Dartington Hall and guests staying at the hotel:
Blue Commando (2P + E) – 32 Amp / 230v
BS1363 3 Pin – 13 Amp / 230v
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.
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. Access to the Gardens and other areas has been made easier through our mobility scooter hire scheme (see below).
Members of the Countryside Mobility Scheme are able to take advantage of our mobility scooter, which allows greater access to the estate. 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
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.
The White Hart is a spacious Inn 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.
All permissive paths are marked clearly on our estate map (click to download).
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.
Dartington Hall B&B
– 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.
Keeping the estate open and accessible for all is of utmost importance to us. If you have any queries not covered above please contact us.