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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
+44 1822 892130
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Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
+44 1822 892130
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit very informative good displays and explanation of prison life . Seemed strange entering buildings that i remember inmates working in when visiting Princetown as a child.

1  Thank f0xes
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

On a cold winters day this must be the bleakest and most desolate place I have ever visited. The prison museum certainly conveys how awful it must have been to be a former prisoner of war or as now, a convicted criminal of the worst...More

1  Thank Servicised
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Visited on a chilly winter day and as the visit progressed and we soaked the information on display, it felt increasingly bleak. There is no denying the harshness of the surroundings and the stories of those who went through the places are equally grim. The...More

1  Thank Quenastoise
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This place is being run by a couple of retired prison officers who loved to give 'stories' about the prison, total rubbish as a retired prison chaplain, they bored me? The place gives a reasonable idea of what the prison is like, possible better in...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Small prison museum. Lots of prison memorabilia dating from 1802 to date. They have a very interesting display of lethal weapons made by prisoners from harmless objects. Check out the mobile phone display. These phones have all been confiscated after being smuggled into the prison...More

2  Thank Chris A
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Fascinating history of the prison throughout the years.Items made by prisoners to escape & hide items (such as mobile phones) Very good video of life & procedure in prison today. Worth a visit.

2  Thank peteradams_9
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

It’s not the biggest of museums but it’s run by people with passion and that’s worth its weight in gold. The museum isn’t the type you’d get in every town so it’s well with a visit for a little insight into the history of a...More

2  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I cannot believe how much I learnt in my visit to the museum today, Pip the tour guide was amazing! He was so enthusiastic about everything. Couldn't fault anything. Pip was more than happy to take my family and I around the entire museum telling...More

2  Thank Amy W
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Came to have a look. Very informative so much to see only small but well worth a visit also has a great gift shop

1  Thank Anthony D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

What a Gem. Nice welcome from the 'screws', lovely fellows. Excellent value for money, something for everybody. It really was an education! Glad we had the opportunity to buy a wee garden ornament made by one of the inmates, a lovely reminder of a very...More

3  Thank Alex A
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17 January 2017|
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Response from Norma M | Reviewed this property |
I think your question should be directed to the museum as I like you, was a visitor although I didn't find distance to other end of village a problem. Sorry I can't really help more.
Peter P
17 June 2016|
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Response from PumaSofia | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open weekends Friday and Sunday 09.30 -16.00 last entry 15.30. Mobday to Thursday & Saturday 9.30 to 16.30. last entry 16.00. Hope that's ok for you. Am sorry for delay as I was on Holiday in Majorca just got... More
26 February 2016|
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Response from Jock M | Reviewed this property |
My initial answer would have been to look at the map and work it out yourself but we did experience some "interesting" conditions within the park this winter. Road by the prison was truly awash and best taken carefully. Many... More