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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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Today
09:30 - 12:30
13:30 - 16:30
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Sun 13:30 - 16:00
Sun - Sat 09:30 - 12:30
Mon - Thu 13:30 - 16:30
Fri 13:30 - 16:00
Sat 13:30 - 16:30
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Very interesting. Worth a visit.

The museum shows the history of the prison as well as prisoners work (both craft and paintings). Lots of interesting things to see which cover past history up to today.

Reviewed 16 March 2017
barbaraanne352
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing on their website so travelled there to visit Understand if it'd have happened this week but its been closed since April. Should be more clear.

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Swanage england
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it. Lots of interesting items to look at, and video areas where you can watch and listen to them. Going out into the yard, old quarry exhibit, and prison cell leave an imprint. Thoroughly enjoyed this and it was our second time.

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Wyong, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whole area looked deserted.museum closed and sign on gate said closed due to unforseen circumstances. Sad, as my dad had done prisoner escort from Pentonville so would have been interesting. It was a sunny day but very grim as expected

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Thank Sheila L
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on numerous occasions with family, friends and work. Well worth a visit and never cease to be amazed by the ingenuity of inmates or the punishments of previous generations.

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Thank Aled P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Decided to take the kids her on a winters afternoon. We have driven past the prison and museum many times but never stopped. It is bigger than expected but has a lot of information. The kids even had a quiz to do answering questions as they went around. Lots of history on our doorstep

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Thank Bruce B
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Have wanted to visit here many times but either closed or not enough time. Took one of our adult children and their grand parents. My father was a Prison Officer at Ashwell Prison so knew something about the prison system. They even had a shield from Ashwell that brought back vivid memories. The display of uniforms that I remember my... More 

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

.The museum, although it should have been open, was sadly closed. On then visiting the National Park Centre we were informed that the Museum would be closed for the foreseeable future. There is fortunately plenty in the National Park Centre to keep you interested.

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2 Thank RobinFC
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We called into the Dartmoor prison museum whilst travelling around Dartmoor and taking in the beautiful scenery, It was so interesting we really enjoyed our time there and would defiantly recommend stopping to visit if you are planning a trip to Dartmoor.

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

The museum shows the history of the prison as well as prisoners work (both craft and paintings). Lots of interesting things to see which cover past history up to today.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

this is a great place to visit,especially with kids that sometimes think that getting into trouble is fun,,,after reading through the history of the prison,you get to look at all the artifacts of all descriptions and sizes,from uniforms of the warders to the clothes of the inmates,,to the tools and weapons that have been made by prisoners to either escape... More 

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