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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
01822 892130
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Princetown
Type: History Museums
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Chester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Visited this week. Busy, and small but very odd. Old, old exhibits , video and information put together in a haphazard way. Didn't understand the farm machinery exhibits. Some stories interesting, clearly no funding for a long time but not pricey. Didn't get why photos couldn't be taken. I think it was a prison rule taken out of context. Been... More

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Dartmoor prison museum is well worth a visit. Very interesting a lot of reading but i learnt a lot didnt know it went way back & the amount of peoples names that you i had heared about on the news ect. The only thing that let it down was there was some very steep steps to walk down/up im... More

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Mamaroneck, New York, USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Favorite part of our trip was through the national park and to end up at the ACTIVE prison. The history of it was very well done.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Poor displays and presentation. These volunteers could do with help to better promote and tell the story of this iconic prison

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UK
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86 reviews 86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The museum is packed with interesting information in respect of the Dartmoor prison which is to this day still a working government institution (owned astonishingly by the Duchy of Cornwall) who charges an annual fee, there is however talk that this prison will close in the not to distance future. Fortunately for us we were able to take an additional... More

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saltash
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The story of the prison and its inmates is a fascinating one and the Dartmoor Prison Museum certainly houses an interesting and valuable collection of documents, photos, objects etc. to illustrate this. However, the material is very poorly displayed and organised and the whole museum has a makeshift, run-down appearance to it. I cannot understand some of the other reviewers... More

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I didn't know what to expect from a prison museum but was absolutely fascinated by this. Dartmoor is beautiful but Dartmoor Prison has always frightened me - a massive grey building with towering chimneys looming up out of such a bleak-looking landscape, and the orange spotlights. Imagine being imprisoned in there.... Although it scares me I just can't take my... More

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Gutersloh, Germany
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A great place to visit when the weather is playing up. We had a trip over the moors and ended up in Princetown. The prison itself is a sad grey and somewhat imposing building and the museum is small but packed with information and things to see. Starting from the earliest days to the present, it shows how things have... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

There is loads of information about the prison which is really informative and covers the 200 year history. The information is in short exhibitions but requires a lot of reading. The museum is clearly improving the exhibitions and I think this will help to bring it more alive.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I have to say i found it a bit depressing really. However this is not surprising as it is a prison so I dont know what would have made it less depressing.

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