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Dartmoor Prison Museum

HMP Dartmoor
PL20 6RR

Tel: 01822 322130

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Dartmoor Prison Museum


Ticket Type / Ticket Tariff
Adult£4.00 per ticket
Child (under 18)£3.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)£12.00 per ticket
Seniors (over 60)£3.00 per ticket
Under 5'sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

About us

Dartmoor Prison Museum is located yards from the iconic Dartmoor Prison itself. Set in the wilds of Dartmoor the Museum is based in the old Prison farm dairy and is spread out over two floors with numerous different galleries to explore.  It tells the story of over 200 years of prison history from its opening in 1809 taking in French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars followed by American prisoners from the War of 1812. The Prison re-opened as a convict prison in 1850 and hosted Conscientious Objectors during the First World War. Still in use today it is currently Britain’s oldest operational prison.

Visitors can learn about how the Prison came into existence and the types of prisoners the prison currently houses – it may not be all you believe!

The Museum showcases what life was like for prisoners from 1850 as a hard labour prison up to today including representations of cells from the past to the modern day. The darker side of prison life is represented by displays of contraband such as mobile phones, weapons and items to aid escape. Other features include details of escapes and infamous ex inmates. It also showcases the artistic side of prisoners in the form of paintings and models and also the Prison Choir Project, which puts on musical shows in the prison and has featured HRH The Prince of Wales amongst past audience members.

The Museum welcomes group bookings and tours to the French and American Prisoner of War cemeteries at the rear of the Prison are available by pre-booking.

The Museum shop is well stocked with souvenirs, books and uniquely items made in the prison by prisoners themselves.

No visit to the Museum is complete without also visiting the Church, located about 500 yards from the Museum building. This was built by French and American prisoners of war and the churchyard contains the graves of prisoners from 1902 who died at the prison.

Whilst there is no onsite catering at the Museum itself, Princetown boasts three cafes and currently one public house.



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  • Ramp/Level Access

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  • Shop

Establishment Features

  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs-Accepted
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On-Site Coach Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking On Site


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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Thursday09:30 - 16:30
Friday09:30 - 16:00
Saturday09:30 - 16:30
Sunday09:30 - 16:00

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