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Address: Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
Phone Number: 01822 892130
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9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Sun 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mon - Thu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fri 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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An interesting place to spend an hour

a few eye opening stories and some interesting details about the prison and prison life. A fair bit of history written up and much to read

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Penzance, United Kingdom
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English first
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Dartmoor in the rain recently! Never a good idea but we're doing alphabet dating and Dartmoor was our D date. So anyway after giving up on the planned walk due to being soaked through we went to this museum. It was very interesting. Lots of reading but well worth a visit. Not one for kids though.

Thank kirst_jarvis
Bristol, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Maybe my expectations were too high, but I found this museum somewhat boring and didn't think it was worth the money (considering the Dartmoor visitor centre 5 mins away is free) Yes, there were some interesting facts about the Prison if you had the time to read all the information sheets. There wasn't much visualisation for the younger ones to... More 

Thank Martin W
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see and read. Great stories of the past history. The makeshift cell made me jump but I did have to laugh at myself. Fantastic gift shop and even products made by the prisoners on sale. Worth a visit if your out that way. Kids will love it as well.

1 Thank lilaclady73
Saltash, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited the prison museum, but I soon found it a great place to visit, full of information and the staff are very knowledgeable adding some meat to the bones of all the information and anecdotes. I will need to visit again because I'm sure I have missed a lot of the available... More 

1 Thank Mikeski711
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum covers the history of Dartmoor Prison. It is both informative and atmospheric. The displays are varied and thought provoking. Thank you to all involved in presenting the artifacts and information.

3 Thank Twizz1
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60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a brilliant little museum-it you are expecting a high tech interactive museum then you will not get it here. Lots of reading and a fascinating insight into both its history and the present. Totally unique and one of a kind. It's not a polished place but that is part of its charm-throughly enjoyed it. Not a place young... More 

3 Thank Louise S
Penzance, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

a few eye opening stories and some interesting details about the prison and prison life. A fair bit of history written up and much to read

2 Thank pippenney
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum is in honesty rather small, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of historical documents/extracts, exhibitions and other items to keep you occupied for several hours and possibly more if you actually read absolutely everything available. The first room is nearly all articles, letters and other sections of correspondence or history regarding the original set-up and opening... More 

2 Thank Alyssia C
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Some interesting articles and I found the displays about the American/English war very interesting. I also enjoyed watching the short film of modern day prisoners and wardens.

1 Thank Sandra J
Torquay, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

I learnt a lot from this visit. Very glad I took the time to go. A very interesting history of the prison and it's checkered past. The duty officer, Graham, was very interesting to chat to - take the opportunity and you'll learn so much more. Do not be put off be the amount of information, it's well worth the... More 

3 Thank disgruntledman54

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