Dartington Crystal is an excellent education venue where you can discover the age old skills of glass making from Romans times to present day. Many schools visiting find that their day integrates well into their syllabus requirements with more information available on request.
Dartington Crystal's facilities lend themselves perfectly to groups visiting and by pre-booking, you can take advantage of fantastic group discounts. Visitors to the site can see our world famous products being produced in the unique Factory Experience. They can also discover the fascinating history of the company and the industry in the Visitor Centre, browse the largest Glass Shop in the UK or simply relax in our fully licensed Pavilion Cafe.
Bookings and Enquiries
For more information and a group or education pack please contact "The Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre & Factory Experience" on 01805 626242.
Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. We have ample free parking for cars and coaches and extend a warm welcome to all of our visitors; however our attraction does include a working factory with access via stairs, therefore, access may be difficult for some. For further information and prices please contact the Visitor Centre.
The Robert Smyth School explain why they have been regulars to Dartington Crystal for the past 10 years...
Can I say how successful our visit has again been this year - We have now been visiting Dartington Crystal for 10 years and each time the experience of seeing the factory working; the teams interacting so skillfully has made a huge impact. For most of our students it is the first time they have ever seen a factory working; and for a teacher of economics and business it is a great experience to enable my students to see things being made.
The fact that we see such beautiful things being made with such skill and in such an accessible way just makes this one of the best learning visits I could ever organise. The feedback from the students is always absolutely fantastic; the students watch with a real sense of awe and wonder at what you do. The way the tour is now arranged has improved this so much as they get so near the real action that the heat, the smells and sounds of the manufacturing process make a huge impact. Such a positive experience of manufacturing is, for me a massive learning point for the students who will soon be choosing which area of the economy they might want to make their contribution in.
Our Travel and Tourism students have always been able to use Dartington Crystal as a great case study for an organisation which fits in very well with specific types of visitors.
In the 10 years we have worked with Dartington Crystal we have been able to develop custom made study days to facilitate learning for a wide range of students in terms of ability and subjects. You and your staff have always created the kind of experience we have needed making the whole school visit excellent value for money.
The feedback from students has always been fantastic; living in Market Harborough we find it hard to replicate this kind of experience. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you and your staff in the future; we are extremely grateful for the work you have done for us and the students are already putting this year's work to good use.
Phil Sullivan, Head of Business, The Robert Smyth School, Market Harborough.
Letter from Herefordshire College of Technology. 2 June 2011
Last week I brought a group of young people with learning difficulties to North Devon. We planned a visit to Dartington Crystal but due to bad weather called your factory at the last minute to bring our visit forward from Friday to Thursday.
I would like to compliment the team in the Visitor Centre who could not have been more helpful, accomodating or welcoming. They dealt with the change of date without hesitation and even made a room available for us to eat our packed lunch; it was much appreciated and also gave the students an opportunity to buy gifts for their families.
The people had a fantastic experience, were completely engrossed in the activity of decorating glassware which has been proudly taken home.
I would be grateful if you could personally pass on my grateful thanks to your staff for making our visit possible and a major, positive part of our successful visit to North Devon.
Janice Durkin, Course Tutor, Herefordshire College of Technology.