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In light of the current worldwide situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus we have had to make a change to our opening hours – for full details please click here

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In light of the current worldwide situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus and due to a reduced footfall, it is with regret that from immediate effect our Shops, Visitor Centre and Restaurant will all be closed at weekends until further notice.

Weekdays we will be operating flexible working days on site depending on the footfall; however, the factory still continues to operate as usual.

Should you wish to visit us and would like to be 100% sure that we are open then please feel free to give us a call on 01805 626262, we will be happy to speak with you.

We apologise for any inconvenience, and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.

As the only remaining UK glass factory, Dartington Crystal Torrington is the home of British glass making. Visitors can watch skilled glass makers in action creating beautiful things from molten crystal. Our family- friendly visitor centre showcases the unique story of Dartington and its products through six decades. There’s a lot to see and do for all ages with live demonstrations, creative activities and fascinating displays.

Free entry for children (under 16)

Enjoy a great shopping experience too. As well as unbeatable bargains on Dartington products we offer a host of quality brands for fashion, homewares, accessories and gifts – all at money saving prices.

Relax in our licensed café-restaurant with a selection of freshly prepared food and drinks.

Free parking and coaches welcome.

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We found the staff very polite and helpful. The tour was really fascinating, I could watch them all day with the glass. They are so skilled and everything seemed to run so smoothly. I would highly recommend this place to visit and to support this unique place as the only one in the country.

lornacannon400

Just completed the tour of Dartington Crystal in the expert hands of Ellie. We have a friend who needed to visit the factory for work and we took a tour while she was busy. We met the master engraver and Ellie took us through the manufacturing process of our favourite glasses in huge detail. Highly recommended and many thanks to Ellie.

Richard B

If in the area make sure you visit the Darlington Crystal Factory. You can do the factory tour to see how the crystal glass ware is made and also whilst there visit the factory shop for some fabulous glass ware; we made some lovely purchases We had our hands cast in glass which is a lovely moment of our visit. If you want to do that make sure you go early in the week so you can collect your casting before going home. Ours was posted but I cannot fault their customer service. The casting arrived really quickly. There is also a Gin Bar to visit and a very nice cafeteria with excellent food and choice all freshly made. Edinburgh Mill Shop is also on site so something for everyone.

Vera A

I have been on quite a few factory tours in my time and have always been fascinated by the mechanical processes involved in producing the final product. However, the Dartington tour is different in that most of the process is all manual with only the final stages relying on mechanical processes. The skill involved in the glass blowing is mind blowing when you see the teams working as one and then think about the items that you will at a later date see in a retail store and be amazed that the items are all essentially hand made and yet on display are to all intents and purposes identical but then consider that as they are hand made in fact each piece is unique! How many factories can report that all their products are hand made?
My first time here but it won’t be the last!

Take time to visit the Factory Shop where there are quite a few baragins to be had.

Additionally the onsite Cafe has a wide menu and quality is good and prices very reasonable.

PS If you don’t have and kind of discount entry offer to hand when arriving, pop into the factory shop where there are leaflets that will give you £2.50 off the cost of entry.

AlecB2011

On a 2 day trip to Cornawll the first day was dull and overcast so Dartington Glass was ideal. From arrival to the unescorted tour to watch production was seamless having looked at the introduction displays first. Being able to watch, for as long or short as you liked the process was a scene of great choreography wdnign up with a perfect glass. Afterwards a visit to the shop was not to be missed. We happenned upon Lauren Bowden who is the “in house engraver”. The result of this meeting are 3 sets of tumblers with illustrations of cars, from photos I sent her. The end result is STUNNING and will be much appreciated gifts. Don’t miss visiting this factory, is “old school” manual production.

Tom M

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