Dartmoor Prison Museum

Dartmoor Prison Museum, Princetown

Dartmoor Prison Museum
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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 - 4:00 PM
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barticus67
Southampton, UK111 contributions
Surprisingly interesting
May 2021 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit. There are so many pieces of history and stories “locked up” here… My wife particularly liked the escape stories. I hope they inspired her, as I will be collecting her again in ten years time!
Written June 13, 2021
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Elizabeth21
Norfolk, UK1 contribution
A fantastic visit, enjoyed by all the family.
Jun 2021 • Family
Absolutely brilliant visit here enjoyed by a family from a 5 year old to a 50 year old!
Lots to see and read, fascinating stories and a little gift shop with items made by current serving prisoners!
We spent about and hour and half here and loved every minute. Could of easily spent more time reading more and taking it all in if time had allowed!

Highly recommend!!!
Written June 5, 2021
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60tripper
Exeter, UK36 contributions
Waiting for an upgrade?
May 2021
Lots of fascinating stories and artefacts - but a lot of it displayed in countless typed A4 sheets. To have read everything would have taken hours and with distancing that would have been impossible. There is a great little museum to be created from what they have, but sadly this was not curated very helpfully. Perhaps this is what is planned for the future, once the prison has closed? (Could use a toilet too!). Did spark my interest in the history of the Prison and I will do some research online - would just have preferred to have it presented in a digestible form.
Written May 25, 2021
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R fenn
Hopton on Sea, UK3 contributions
Iconic prison
Mar 2020 • Couples
Visit 2019. Not March 2020 as I can’t select any other.
Firstly must just say that some low rating stars are uncalled for, and 15 minutes to do the museum is a total nonsense. My visit was very enjoyable being able to get some insight on how prison life was all about, how clever the inmates were too. I can go on but you should visit if you are in this lovely part of the country and for the price of a loaf of bread to go in its a cheap way of spending an hour or so learning how this iconic Dartmoor prison operated.
Written February 4, 2021
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Carol lloyd
3 contributions
Brilliant museum
Dec 2020
Visited yesterday and what a great little museum. We were greeted by 2 guys who were very friendly and informative and took time to answer questions. The exhibits are interesting and downstairs there are some eye opening (probably literally) exhibits of confiscated items. I would recommend a visit.
Written December 11, 2020
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tt1234
Bristol, UK4 contributions
Poor
Oct 2020 • Family
Absolutely shocking. Drove over a hour for a 15min walk round, nothing like we was expecting to see. It’s not worth £1
You’ll be disappointed

Only good thing it’s a nice drive through the moor.
Written October 28, 2020
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RachaelVR46
Weymouth, UK173 contributions
Fantastic museum
Mar 2020 • Couples
What a great museum about the history of the prison.
We were greeted by a really friendly and extremely knowledgeable guy.
I asked a few questions and he answered them with added facts.
There is so much to see and read in the museum.
I just found it so interesting.
For £4 per person it's a bargain.
Just a great place to visit!
Written March 12, 2020
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Leanne W
Colyton, UK83 contributions
An eye opener.
May 2019
Very interesting history lessons. Interesting exhibits and documentation. Staff were helpful and informative.
It’s a bit like a tardis, as there’s more there than you think.
Written February 29, 2020
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christopher c
6 contributions
A very interesting place to visit
Feb 2020
If you are interested in history this is the place to visit lots of information about the inmates, wardens and past events of the prison....reduced rates for senior citizens..the guide was very helpful and informative
Written February 28, 2020
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Wilderfox
Chudleigh, UK6 contributions
Spontaneous visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Decided to have a look while passing with my wife and it was way better than expected. Well worth a visit
Written February 15, 2020
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  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM