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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Princetown, Devon, England

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor

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 Crays!

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!

A short around the old prison reservoir is included in the admission fee, and well behaved dogs are welcome in the museum if they are kept on a lead.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Dartmoor Prison Museum's website
01822 322130

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

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

Friday and Sunday 09:30 - 16:00

Last admissions 30 minutes before closing.


Adult: £3.50

Child (under 18)/OAPs (over 60): £2.50

Family (2 adults, 3 children): £11.00


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