Contact us

Dartington Trust is located in South Devon, a few miles’ drive from the Devon Expressway (M5 and A38), and a mile from the ancient market town of Totnes.

Dartington Trust

Schumacher College

contact details

Admissions team: admissions@dartington.org

General estate queries: info@dartington.org

Estate address: Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL

For more contact details across the Dartington estate, click here.

Getting here

by car

From the A38: Take the exit signposted to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge via the A385. After 5 miles, the estate’s Upper Drive entrance is signposted on your left, just before Dartington village.

From Totnes/the coast: Follow the A385 though Totnes and Dartington village until you see the signposted entrance to the Upper Drive on your right. Please note that the Lower Drive entrance between Totnes and Dartington is closed at night.

Car parks are located at the core estate (near to the Hall and Gardens) and at The Cider Press Centre.

Our modest parking fees provide vital funds for on-going maintenance of the estate’s roads, footpaths, buildings, and grounds – we appreciate your support in this.

Charges – all 9am-6pm

(Please note that our parking machines do not provide tickets, but you can print a receipt during your transaction if required.)

  • 1 hour – £1.00 (free at The Cider Press Centre)
  • 2 hours – £2.00 (free at The Cider Press Centre)
  • 3 hours – £2.50
  • 4 hours – £3.50
  • All day – £6.00

Our car parks use automatic number plate recognition. Please purchase your parking session on arrival via a parking machine or via the RingGo app. You do not need to return to your car to display a ticket – please keep the paper receipt for your records.

Your payment is registered against your number plate and in the event of non-payment or incorrect entry of details, a parking charge notice will be issued by Total Parking Solutions.

If you have any queries about our parking system – please email our car park administrator at: pcn@totalparking.co.uk.

Parking is free for motorcycles – look for the designated motorcycle parking areas (core estate only).

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 Cider Press Centre car park has three 7kw units and one 22kw units. All units are available on a pay-as-you-go basis via the evcharge.online app.

by bike

The Sustrans National Cycle Route 2 path runs 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.

by bus

165, Totnes to Dartington Hall/Broadhempston. Stops at The Cider Press Centre and the central estate (Hall and Gardens). See the timetable here.

88, Totnes to Newton Abbot via Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Stops at The Cider Press Centre. See the timetable here.

Gold Bus, Torquay to Plymouth via Totnes. Stops at The Cider Press Centre. See the timetable here.

All three services can be boarded in Totnes on Coronation Road (by the Royal Seven Stars Hotel), and opposite the train station.

There are coaches from London (Victoria Coach Station) and other major cities.

More information and timetables: www.traveline.info or call 0871 200 2233.

by train

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.

See the ‘on foot’ tab for details on how to walk to the estate from the station.

To catch a bus from the train station, cross the main road at the pedestrian crossing. From here you can catch the 165 (stops at The Cider Press Centre and then continues up to the Hall and central estate) or the 88/Gold service (stops at The Cider Press Centre).

on foot

The Dartington 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 Cider Press Centre (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.

Getting around

The Dartington estate is a big place – there’s over 1,200 acres of it.  To find out more about the paths, historical features and attractions to explore, head to dartington.org/visit (opens in new website/tab).

You can download maps of our whole estate, or a more detailed version of the central area around the Great Hall, below.

whole estate map

(Including Schumacher College location)

central estate map

(undergoing updates – available soon)