There’s a magical quality about Dartmoor that enchants creative people and seems to bring out the best in them.
Maybe it’s because the Dartmoor has two contrasting sides to it. A wild, windswept, challenging and exhilarating side with towering granite tors, thundering rivers and dark mysterious woodlands, but then a gentle, sweet natured side with the beautiful scenery, wild ponies with their foals, the song of the skylark, and the purple swathes of heather.
Certainly it draws visitors from all over the world to come and enjoy exploring our Galleries, Museums, Sculptors, Exhibitions, Craft shops and Visitor Centres.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Why not enjoy a mini-break to Dartmoor and visit as many as you can, using our free downloadable Creative Dartmoor Map to help you? Start by booking some fabulous Dartmoor accommodation!
Located in Bovey Tracey, this is the largest contemporary crafts venue in the south-west and has fabulous galleries, craft shop, exhibitions and a superb café. Entry is free, and they hold a regularly changing programme featuring amazing work by maker-designers from all over the country.
Located in the popular village of Moretonhampstead, this is one of Dartmoor’s leading art galleries. It’s well known for attracting some of the most highly respected artists in the south-west, Peter Stiles, Peter Randall-Page and Susan Derges have all exhibited here.
You’ll find this family fun attraction in Bovey Tracey. Since 1973 House of Marbles has been making marbles, pottery, glassware and games. The museum of glass where you can watch glass-blowing and enjoy the wonderful marble runs is a must, but don’t miss the fabulous café, garden games and gorgeous shop!
Situated in Bridge Street, Hatherleigh, Salar Gallery celebrates the countryside with its exhibitions and sales of artworks featuring animals, landscapes and rural subjects. Works from painters, sculpturers, silk painters, metal workers and potters are usually on offer so it’s well worth enjoying a visit here.
Open all year, this magical woodland and water garden close to Chagford covers five acres and really packs a punch. A national collection of Birch and Alder is artfully woven with magical sculptures which are an absolute delight on the senses. If you love art, woodland, sculpture and water gardens, this is one for you.
Bondleigh, North Tawton is home to the exciting Burnswood Studios which houses the Sculpture School. With a wide programme of courses and workshops, the school is recognised as the premier centre for mastering figurative sculpture. Situated within easy reach of Dartmoor and the coast, it’s the perfect reason for a mini-break to Devon!
Last but most definitely not least, we have the three fabulous National Park Visitor Centres, based at Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor. Superbly well run and with knowledgeable staff they are all well worth a visit. The flagship centre is at Princetown, with a huge range of exhibitions, interactive displays, films and educational exhibits we highly recommend a visit. A full and varied programme of exhibitions featuring art, photography, history and the natural world run throughout the year.
Situated in the beautiful Walkham Valley in Horrabridge is this absolute gem of an art gallery, workshop and studio, specialising in Dartmoor’s landscapes, nature and wildlife. You will find handcrafted gifts, fine art, jewellery and ceramics, and they also run regular workshops by Dartmoor artisans.