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Dartmoor Prison Museum

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Address: Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
Phone Number: +44 1822 892130
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9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
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 came here out of curiosity and left knowing so much about the history of the prison, excellent display. We went on the tour of the French and USA burial grounds which was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Wendysam26
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very reasonable entry fee, easy parking and a fascinating museum. The curator was most informative, the historical development and use of the prison very well documented, and the mock up of the two cells, past and especially present, should be a warning to all: "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime!" I certainly wouldn't want any son... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came here out of curiosity and left knowing so much about the history of the prison, excellent display. We went on the tour of the French and USA burial grounds which was very interesting and the guide was very knowledgable which help to visualise what life was like in the 19th century. Well worth a visit...

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Thank Wendysam26
Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly staff and very interesting experience! Got to meet one of the prisoners now who also works in the museum who showed us around and explained a bit more about the things on show and life in the prison today! Was very interesting to hear about the meals and crimes within the prison itself and how it works! Would... More 

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2 Thank Robyn L
Polegate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really worth a visit, very knowledgeable staff (Pip) with lots of information about the prisons history. Takes about 1 hour to go round and for just £3.50 you really can't go wrong.

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2 Thank Alex B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Party of four travelled up to Princetown from nearby Torbay; upon arrival the 'curator', a very knowledgeable chap gave us 10 or 15 minutes of background description of the museum and history of the prison itself. After that, we followed the footsteps on the floor guiding us around the various rooms and exhibits. On show were histories of military prisoners,... More 

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2 Thank John S
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Dartmoor museum today with my Partner as we were passing by. We were told that there was a prisoner working downstairs - he was well trusted and one of two in the whole country to have this trust from a category c prison. He gave such an interesting insight into life in Dartmoor prison. He has helped create the... More 

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1 Thank Becky2310
carlisle England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a rainy October day the site of the prison , seemed from another time, looks a desperate place, the museum was quite interesting very informative , unusual but worth a look

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1 Thank exglobalagent
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You should also visit the Church as this was also built by the prisoners dont forget the tour of the prision

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum tells the story of the prison from the outset, and how and why it was built. The story goes back two hundred years and explains how things have changed in all this time. It was once a category B prison but over recent years has been downgraded to a category C prison to house less dangerous individuals. You... More 

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1 Thank Dagwoodbilly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative and at times scary museum. Showing exhibits from over a couple of hundred years of prison history. Very good value for money. Would have been nice to take some pictures in the museum.

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