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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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We visited Dartmoor Prison Museum whilst we were on holiday in North Cornwall, the gentleman as we entered was very polite and informative. We found all the exhibits and reading... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

stumbled across this on a wet windy sunday morning absolutely fascinating . would recommend this to everyone , small fee to enter , easily spend a good hour or more , steeped in history , lots of weapons made( and confiscated )by prisoners for threat or defence on display , also recreational items made on display and items for sale... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visited Dartmoor Prison Museum whilst we were on holiday in North Cornwall, the gentleman as we entered was very polite and informative. We found all the exhibits and reading very interesting, there is also a number of items that you can purchased that were made by the prisoners. Sadly we didn't have enough time to see all the exhibits,... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The car parking is limited, but after a short while we found a space as someone left. The gentleman on duty was polite, friendly and helpful. A lot of reading but most interesting - detailing the history of the prison. Also lots of things to see including mock prison cell etc. We took our 11 year old grandson, who enjoyed... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a thoroughly interesting and well stocked Museum with all sorts of information about life inside 'doing porridge'. I had a nice chat with the day manager about closures in the pipeline ( and this includes Dartmoor sadly as it is expensive to maintain with about 670 inmates). Of course, it would be an excellent venue for those who... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Excellent Museum, run by volunteers. Very informative and very well laid out. Visited with a group of young people, who had a great time and learnt a lot.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Certainly not the best curated museum I have been to this year but an interesting way to spend a wet afternoon in Dorset. Lots of facts about the aely days of the Prison, but less about modern prison life, though the Audio Visual presentation at the end with interviews with some of the younger inmates, would surely help to keep... More 

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Southend United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This museum is located just down the road from the prison,its in the center of the national park so beware narrow roads. The museum is quite old fashioned and run down and does not have modern displays. Its not for kids,many displays involve quite a bit of reading. Turn right out of the museum and walk a short distance to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I visited here with my two sons who are 12 & 13 on our way down to Cornwall.Lots of bits to read and see for the boys and both found it very interesting,they especially liked seeing how the inmates had made weapons out of toothbrushes etc.It took us around an hour to see everything,and was reasonably priced.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We were camping locally so popped in here, was quite a basic museum but full of interesting little bits And pieces and located in a decimate area of outstanding natural beauty. Didn't cost a lot entry wise so worth it to fill an hour or so!

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Bournemouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This museum was close to the Dartmoor Prison, and as it is a museum about Dartmoor Prison, quite apt! A lot of reading to do so ensure you have a little time. Very interesting history, and I enjoyed the displays showing weapons and tools the inmates had made and concealed in different ways. Allow an hour or two.

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