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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
01822 892130
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Princetown
Type: History Museums, Museums
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English first
West Midlands UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not much to see or do. With concession, cost £6 to be cold and bored. Apparently the'proper' prison closes in 8 years as the cost of rent to the Duchy Of Cornwall is too expensive to keep open. Presume, but don't know, that the museum will close also. The videos on show are very old (although they hope to update... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It's a quaint museum and I would say it's the best I've seen. But it's very interesting, it shows the true history of the prison and the curator is a pleasant person to talk to. It's not free. But it's not expensive. I enjoyed my visit

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Obviously,visiting a place like this is very different from being a guest of Her Majesty, but it does give a splendid account of the history,origins and day to day activities in this world famous house of detention. These are detailed more than adequately elsewhere, but the exhibition is very comprehensive, easy to get round and above all,interesting. We stayed two... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Middle of October in the mist and rain, I think we picked a good day to visit. It is small and not modern but it really does give you a feeling of what the prison is all about. We actually got to speak to one of the prisoners who was working in the museum (ops was not supposed to tell... More

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Orem, Utah
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Prison Museum is interesting and Prison itself is still housing Prisoners. We were treated to a walking tour around the back of the Prison Walls where there is a memorial to the French and American Prisoners of the War of 1812. 6500 American prisoners were held here. This made the Prison Museum a lot more interesting.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a quaint and interesting museum - don't expect a lot of modern technology and displays with button pushing. Nevertheless we found it most fascinating when French prisoners were held there, stories of escapes, keys and weapons made by the inmates and the uncomfortable canvas, v-marked prison garb were on display. The models and paintings made by the inmates... More

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Princetown, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

While staying in Princetown we were recommended to visit the Prison Museum. It was good advice as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The assistant curator was extremely helpful and informative. The place is packed with fascinating examples of life in prison. There are also garden ornaments for sale which have been made by some of the prisoners. In addition we... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Drove 40 miles to this museum as the leaflet appered extremely interesting. Upon arrival we saw appox 20 stone garden ornaments painted by prisoners. An array of prison ae gifts we promised in the leaflets?.. Cashier . Guard?... Very rude offered little information about the prison and we we told to read the wall f we required information. His attempt... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Housed in the old dairy this is a small but interesting museum with some fascinating displays. Maybe a touch too much reading for my liking but the displays are interesting and there is a documentary running in one room done by prisoners and their experiences. Hopefully they will continue to develop this museum and use the space they have available.... More

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225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It's a very interesting topic so it's not a disaster that they do a poor job of it, with distracting non-prison information and silly displays. Cheap so worth a look.

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