Dartington Hall / Schumacher College is at the heart of a 1,200-acre medieval estate outside of Totnes, in South Devon. Dartington has a rich history dating back to the 14th century, with stories of royal visits, court intrigue, grand architecture, and family ruin in its granite bones. The modern Dartington has an 80-year history as a place for thought and creativity and for challenging the conventions of rural sustainability and rural life; Schumacher College provides transformational education across a number of fields of thought, and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. In 2016 the College launches a new programme in Arts & Ecology, including an MA/MFA Award which launches in September 2017.
The nearest rail station is Totnes, which is on the west coast main line. See more detail below if you’re travelling from outside the UK.
The nearest international airport is Exeter
If you are coming from outside the country, particularly from outside Europe please see more information here about travel.
Satnav: TQ9 6EA
Accommodation at Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall has a variety of accommodation available.
When booking you can choose a conference ticket that includes accommodation. You can choose either hotel-style accommodation with private bathroom facilities in Dartington’s medieval courtyard, or single-room student accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. Please note that the inclusive pricing does not include your evening meal. We have deliberately left this open as there is a wide variety of meals available at significantly different prices, from fine dining to bar food to informal pizza in our conference bar.
Travelling from outside the UK?
If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Europe, this website is an invaluable guide to all things rail, including the best ways to book tickets from outside the UK. Purchasing tickets in advance is considerably cheaper than just rolling up on the day and purchasing from a ticket office. Please note (sadly) that rail fares in the UK are expensive.
Wherever you’re travelling from, there is good information here. It may be worth purchasing a ‘BritRail England Pass’ as this may possibly be cheaper than a single return journey from London to Totnes.
A cheaper alternative to rail travel is to travel by coach. Use this website to find out more.
Coming by air
If you are flying into London, you will need to find your way to Paddington Station in central London. The best (if not necessarily the cheapest) way to do this is via the Heathrow Express.
Exeter is quite a small regional airport. You may well end up coming into London, in which case you will most likely come in to Heathrow. If it is possible to fly directly into Exeter, you are likely to find this a considerably cheaper option, even if the airfare itself is more expensive than flying into London. It may also be cheaper to book a connecting flight from London to Exeter than taking the train (despite the additional carbon cost – we are unhappy with our government’s approach to rail pricing, which ought to be subsidised as the more environmental option, but which is not).
We’re very aware that any event such as this one that attracts an international group of people is environmentally costly. We believe that there is significant value to the planet in bringing people together, face-to-face, to talk about and find solutions to the challenges we face as a society and as an ecological system.
We’ll do all we can to minimise additional environmental costs within the event itself. Dartington has recently installed both a large solar farm and two biomass boilers, so now generates almost half if its power needs through these renewable / sustainable sources. The kitchens use food grown either directly on the estate, or as nearby as possible. We try to minimise use of virgin resources by using as much recycled material as possible, and this website is hosted by a company that uses 100% renewable energy.