Dartington Hall Devon

The Garden

Nestled within the 880 acre Dartington Trust estate are its magnificent Grade 2* listed gardens.

Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought the estate in 1925 and began the ‘Dartington Experiment’, setting up a variety of farming, forestry and educational projects.

The Elmhirsts’ activities and enthusiasms attracted the attention of some of the best thinkers, artists, writers, musicians and designers of the day.  The great garden designers Avray Tipping, Beatrice Farrand and Percy Cane all contributed to the development of the gardens we see today.

The Silent Space

The venue for Dartington’s Silent Space is its Old Church Yard – a very special place in which to be silent.  Close to the remains of St Mary’s Church stand two ancient yew trees, the largest of which is believed to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years old.  It’s remarkable to think that it was already 1,000 years old when the 12th century church was built.

For opening times please check the garden's website