Dartmoor Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison Museum
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Museum now reopen, please see timings for details.
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1-2 hours
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Caroline D
21 contributions
Oct 2022
Came across this museum by accident but really glad we went in. The gentleman on the reception was very informative and was full of interesting information about the prison and the way of life there. We both enjoyed our visit and were fascinated by some of the exhibits
Written October 12, 2022
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Sheila P
Brixham, UK180 contributions
Oct 2022
Fascinating, so much history in a small museum. Impossible to take it all in but a great overview of how the prison developed, probably best to pick a focus to study in greater depth rather than learn the whole history in one visit.
We spent about an hour and a half here but could have spent longer.
Dogs allowed in on leads.
Not fancy modern presentation but it really conveys the history and present day reality of the prison.
Written October 8, 2022
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Xrci
Dartford, UK69 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was amazing so much information of past prisoners. The weaponry and phones seized when cells were tossed.
The artwork and sculptures made from matchsticks, paper were incredible. There were cell mock ups to show how much room a prisoner has. Different prisoner uniforms. This is a definite visit if your in Devon. You won’t regret it
Written October 5, 2022
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aparry93
Amlwch, UK32 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Very interesting museum! Shows all sorts of hand made weapons, old prison uniforms, information on old inmates, etc! So much to see, I don’t want to spoil it by saying too much on here. So cheap to go in (£4), I would highly recommend you give this place a visit. And the working prison is only down the road!
Written September 10, 2022
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tobyjug233
21 contributions
Aug 2022
A good hour and half needed to see all there is here, very knowledgeable and witty staff. This was a most informative and thought producing visit. We'll done to all who contributed very much enjoyed the experience.
Do Not drive into the actual prison its still a working prison. The museum is another 100 yards up on the other side of the road!
Written August 16, 2022
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Emz0312
12 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Fabulous time here! We visited this weekend and stumbled upon this after a google search. It’s quite small, I wouldn’t expect to spend more than an hour and 30 here (unless you read EVERYTHING) myself and my two boys (10 & 9) thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots and lots of artefacts and things to read. The lady and gentleman behind the desk were super knowledgeable and captured the boys attention immediately. It’s shame you can’t take photos, but we understand why. Gives us an excuse to keep returning. Great, reasonable entry fee and shop items very reasonable too. The boys LOVED the tools the prisoners made!
Written July 10, 2022
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Marian P
Yeovil10 contributions
Jul 2022
Absolute must visit if you in the area …
Packed full of interesting artefacts and information of the history of the musuem .
Staff very knowledgeable and helpful..
Written July 10, 2022
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Helen
Exeter, UK154 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Now open again. Very interesting exhibition of Dartmoor prison and its history. The staff are lovely and ready to answer any questions you might have. There is a free car park and the entry fee is just £4 for adults, £3 for over 60s and children. Some of the museum is down steps so not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, due to the age and layout of the building this is unavoidable. There is no photography allowed inside the building, that being due to occasional times when prisoners are working there. Some great souvenirs to buy including ornaments painted by inmates. Highly recommend a visit.
Written July 4, 2022
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June A
Surrey, UK2,486 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a relatively small musuem in the heart of Princetown, easy to find with plenty of parking. It goes into a lot of detail as to the history of the prison - how and why it was built and how the prisoners were and are treated, as of course the Prison is still there. I found it interesting, although I would perhaps have liked a little more detail. Its nevertheless well worth the small investment to visit.
Written May 21, 2022
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Gloryhornetboy08
Chichester, UK742 contributions
Jul 2021
Very interesting to walk around this museum reading about things that have happened at the prison over the years and the names of some of the inmates that have been there and what they got up to. Also to see the many exhibits.
Well worth a visit for £4.
Written April 11, 2022
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Dartmoor Prison Museum, Princetown

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Dartmoor Prison Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM