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Dartmoor Prison Museum

  • Princetown
  • Indoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Dartmoor Prison Museum, which used to be advertised as Dartmoor Prison Heritage Centre, offers the chance to learn about one of the most famous (and notorious) prisons in the world! Unlock over 200 years of turbulent history, from the prison's beginning as a Prisoner of War depot through to present day. Great for a bit of secret schooling, but captivating even with shallow interest too.

There are a number of interesting artefacts on display, providing a unique insight into ‘life inside' both past and present. The collections include intricate bone carvings made by French Prisoners of War, plus examples of prisoner artwork, including ‘The Last Supper', which was painted by a prisoner associated with the Krays!

Another popular part of the museum, known as the ‘Black Museum', holds displays with examples of the numerous confiscated weapons and escape items! So look out for straitjackets, makeshift knives, manacles, escape stories, and more!


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Opening hours

Monday to Thursday and Saturday 09:30 - 16:30

Friday and Sunday 09:30 - 16:00

Last Entry

30 minutes before closing


General Admission
Adults: £4.00
Seniors (over 60): £3.00
Kids (6-18): £3.00
Under 5s: Free
Family (2 adults and up to 3 kids): £12.00

Travel & Contact Information


HMP Dartmoor, Princetown, Devon, PL20 6RR, England

Phone number

01822 322130



Click here to visit Dartmoor Prison Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

Due to the nature and age of the building, there are no accessible disabled toilets available. 

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Dartmoor Prison Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Dartmoor Prison Museum has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Dartmoor Prison Museum is wheelchair friendly.

No, Dartmoor Prison Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Dartmoor Prison Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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