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Dartmoor Prison Museum

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Address: Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RR, England
Phone Number: 01822 892130
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1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
9:30 am - 12:30 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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Fascinating insight into prison life

Obviously needs a few tweaks here and there but plenty of curiosities to justify a trip out.Very friendly staff with lots of knowledge.Look out for Mackay's bike from Porridge!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Angela H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Obviously needs a few tweaks here and there but plenty of curiosities to justify a trip out.Very friendly staff with lots of knowledge.Look out for Mackay's bike from Porridge!

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1 Thank Angela H
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A small but very interesting museum that is slowly growing through the years. All about the history of Dartmoor Prison .Friendly, helpful staff. They made us laugh as we arrived. Lots of information and would visit again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mishmash of stuff that has something to do with the prison. The only interesting room was that of the displays of prison cells. But it contained no information, so you did not know from which time period they were. This is what a museum looked like in the 70s. I have read many books about prisons and crime, so the... More 

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Princetown,Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even though I live in the village, it's really nice to visit something that's close to home. It's a very interesting and informative. Well worth a look.

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1 Thank Dawn W
Beaulieu, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A funny little place, very odd exhibits, the information boards very hard to read as in a small font and very faded. had not been updated in the last 20 years. cobwebs everywhere, just looked haphazard.more like a quickly thrown together affair. Don't take kids there they will be bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found the Museum after a lovely drive across Dartmoor. Museum is excellent and very well run by the Curators who work there. They are all happy to give you answers to any questions about the prison itself. It is situated in a village called Princetown, which has the prison in the centre of it! It is not a high security... More 

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Lee on the Solent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating place absolutely crammed with information and interesting displays. It was more than worth the small admission charge, we spent almost two hours looking round.

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Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff on duty were very knowledgeable & would take the time to explain things when asked.The video of the prison was very interesting too. Having walked through the village after parking the car we realised there was a car park at the museum. The only draw back

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The warden was very informative. It was very interesting walking round the museum learning what life was like for the prisoners over the years.

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum is set apart from the prison and sets out to give an insight into the historical facts behind the foundation of a prison in the location. Some of the old records are fascinating, as are samples of prisoner art and model making. The short film showing present conditions from the prisoner's view is worth watching.

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