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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Address: Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
Phone Number: 01822 892130
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Princetown
Type: History Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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Chulmleigh, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We have visited here twice before found it very interesting good value for money took my family and they loved it

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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1,105 reviews 1,105 reviews
402 attraction reviews
3,971 helpful votes 3,971 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A decent value small museum, which does a good job at showing many artefacts and exhibits from the history of the prison. The curator also gave us a helpful talk on arrival. Small shop with some prison made goods too. Overall worth a look if you're interested in Dartmoor and it's history. Quite a lot of reading so not really... More 

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West Midlands UK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Senior Reviewer
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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Banbury, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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36 reviews 36 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
31 helpful votes 31 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
53 reviews 53 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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