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Dartington Crystal

Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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About Dartington Crystal
The only remaining UK glass factory, Dartington Crystal Torrington is the home of British glass making. Visitors can watch skilled makers in action, creating beautiful things from molten crystal. Suitable for all ages, the self-guided factory tour lets you see every stage of the making process at shop-floor level and on overhead walkways. Family- friendly Visitor Center showcases the unique story of Dartington through six decades. Lost to see and do for all ages, with live demonstrations, creative activities and fascinating displays. Enjoy a fantastic shopping experience too. Unbeatable bargains on all Dartington first quality and slightly imperfect (seconds). The best selection of crystal and glass in the UK!. The extensive factory shopping complex offers a host of quality brands for fashion, homeware and gifts – all at money saving prices. Licensed café-restaurant. Free parking and coaches welcome. Free entry for children. See website for offers, entry costs and group rates.
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yvette t wrote a review Oct 2020
Wickford, United Kingdom9 contributions
Went to dartington crystal yesterday The visitors centre full of lovely information on how it was founded Then it was lovely going round on the factory your seeing all the glass being made Cafe very friendly and helpful staff plus lovely food Thank you for a nice day out
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Matvl wrote a review Oct 2020
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We were pleased to have visited Dartington Crystal. There is an interesting exhibition space and then the opportunity for a tour - which essentially means you get to see the factory in action - all with no charge. It was fascinating see the various items all being hand made, though we would have liked the opportunity to ask a few questions There is a big shop at the end, but no pressure to buy anything. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gizzie999 wrote a review Oct 2020
Exeter, United Kingdom55 contributions38 helpful votes
We visited the Dartington Crystal factory today which was very interesting watching the glass blowers and beautiful glass on display in the shop. We had a coffee in the cafe but were a bit disappointed that nowhere on site was the NHS Covid-19 app to scan. I asked in the cafe and the answer was that most visitors are elderly and don't have access to the app. They wrote my phone number on the back of the till receipt and put it on a pin with others. Although the cafe was clean and the staff thoroughly cleaned the tables and chairs in between customers my friend and I didn't feel as confident that if anyone had a positive test that contact would he guaranteed. Also the majority of visitors when we were there were aged between 35 and 65 so what do they class as elderly!!? I think like most places I've visited they should make the NHS bar code available, they can still take details but people should have that option. I'm sure a great number of 'elderly do now know how to use apps! Other than that it was a lovely visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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FlowerfairyKent wrote a review Oct 2020
Kent26 contributions18 helpful votes
We visited the Chrystal Factory on a very wet & windy day while on holiday in Devon, one of the main reasons we went because it’s advertised as dog friendly, well that couldn't have been further from the truth, your not allowed to take them into the factory tour, your not allowed to take them into the cafe but you are in the shop 🤷🏼‍♀️ What a complete waste of time, the staff were also rather unfriendly which didn’t help either, don’t advertise your dog friendly when your not, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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disneybabe_7 wrote a review Oct 2020
Braintree, United Kingdom137 contributions72 helpful votes
Although there were restrictions due to Covid we still enjoyed our trip and I think I enjoyed looking and reading about the history of Darlington more as I was able to take more time and not be hurried along as before. We decided to go to the adjoining cafe and enjoyed a Devon Cream tea. We then headed back to the building to walk through the glass making factory which is free of charge at the moment, I would say the social distancing became a bit more of a problem in this area though, I had a lady behind me that kept singing and kept willing the line to move on, she was very impatient! The tour ended up in the ship which sells some wonderful glassware, some good seconds too. It was a nice trip out for a morning and would recommend
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Date of experience: September 2020
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