See and hear the fascinating story of over 40 years of Dartington Crystal
Whilst with us you can learn the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio Visual Theatre and then follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to present day. And see how the first pieces of glass were made in our museum section.
Watch our talented expert Master Engraving demonstration create award winning works of Art; Choose a special piece for yourself or loved ones and have it personalised with a personal message or motif. You can watch the live demonstration of glassmaking and try the many hands-on activities we have to offer...
You can also watch and experience the magic of Mango- Beads - expertly creating lampwork jewellery, made from the finest Italian glass, Demonstrations can be seen Tuesday to Thursday weekly.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Our site is fully accessible to all visitors but parts of the Factory Experience include stairs, therefore access may be difficult for some.Please call us on 01805 626242 for more information.
Opening times for all of the above may be subject to seasonal changes. Please call before your visit - Bank Holidays and Winter Openings may apply.
Factory Experience is open Monday - Friday only
Senior Citizens £7.50
Children (up to 16) FREE
(max five children with every full paying adult)
Admission price includes entry to the Visitor Centre and Factory Experience.
Christmas Opening Times
Dartington Crystal's facilities lend themselves perfectly to groups visiting and by pre-booking, you can take advantage of fantastic group discounts. The photo above was taken on the first day Dartington Crystal opened to the public back in 1970.
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 probably the largest Glass Shop in the UK or simply relax in our fully licensed Pavilion Cafe.
Choose a freshly prepared light lunch made from local West Country produce including a choice of Salads, Panini's, Baguettes / Sandwiches. Devonshire Cream Tea & Tour Package available upon request (booking essential). While booking is not essential for coffee stops we recommend that you book for parties of fifteen or more to enable us to deliver a speedy service. The Pavilion cafe menu can be found further down this page.
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. More information is available on request.
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 including great out of season discounts, please ring 01805 626242 for more details.
We have ample free parking for cars and coaches.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Our site is fully accessible to all visitors but parts of the Factory Experience include stairs, therefore access may be difficult for some. Please call us 0n 01805 626242 for more information.
There are lots of creative activities that you and your family can try out. We do recommend calling to book during busy periods on 01805 626242.
Hand casting and Glass blowing are available Monday to Friday, Glass painting and Jewellery making are available 7 days a week. And subject to availability during October to March, therefore booking is recommended.
At Dartington Crystal we can help you capture a unique moment in time... A glass hand or foot cast makes the perfect keepsake or a special gift to grandparents and family.
Please note there will be a charge for your hand cast to be sent to you once it is ready for despatch.
Visitors to North Devon and local families have the special advantage that Hand casts can only be created by visiting our Torrington site. Once made they can be collected or posted to any address.
Now Available to Order Online - Hand Cast vouchers can be purchased as gifts for friends and family, who can then arrange to visit and make the cast at their own convenience.
A fantastic idea for that special gift or souvenir!
Watch how it's done here...
Glass Painting and Jewellery Making
Great fun for all the family and you can paint your own glass or design and create your own jewellery in our jewellery room. Adults and children can create their own designs. Why not make a gift for someone special?
Be creative and have a go at Glass Blowing – is it really as easy as it looks ?
You can take your masterpiece home with you as a souvenir.Booking is advisable for Hand Casts and Glass Blowing on 01805 626242 for availability.
Shop whilst you are here
Visitor Centre & Shops Opening Times
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Shop contact number: 01805 62 62 44
The brands in our shops include
Take a stroll through the array of gifts including homewares and our new gift gallery shop. You can pick up some great bargains in the glass shop for Dartington Crystal, Caithness and Royal Brierley.
You will also find other great brands such as:
Plus visit our Garden Gift Shop and Ice Cream Parlour.
There's something for everyone!
The Pavilion Cafe
Complete your visit by relaxing and unwinding in our cafe; we have a great selection of freshly made food & a selection of beverages to choose from.
Relax and unwind with a cup of freshly ground Puro-Fair Trade coffee and something tempting from our range of fabulous cakes or a proper Devon Cream Tea. Choose a freshly prepared light lunch made from local West Country produce including a choice of salads, paninis, baguettes / sandwiches, a warming bowl of soup or a refreshing Ice Cream.
Additional hot meals are available from 12pm to 3pm depending on season.
Cafe Opening Times
March – September 9.30am to 4.30pm
October – November 9.30am to 4.00pm
December – February 10.30am to 3.30pm
Weekends – open all year 10.30am to 3.30pm
Opening times and meal availability may be subject to change.
How to find us
Situated in Great Torrington, North Devon.
We are well sign posted upon arrival to Great Torrington.
Our address is: Dartington Crystal, Linden Close, Torrington, Devon, EX38 7AN
Contact Number: 01805 626242
By Bus: Dartington Crystal is a short walk to the main bus routes that link Torrington to Bideford, Barnstaple and Exeter.
By Cycle: We are close to the Tarka Trail cycle route and offer easy access for cyclists.
By Train: Barnstaple is our nearest train station.
Opening times may be subject to seasonal changes. Please call before your visit - Bank Holidays and Winter Openings may apply.