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Dartmoor Prison Museum

Tor View, Princetown, PL20 6RR. England



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Visit Dartmoor Prison Museum and learn about ‘life inside’ one of the world’s most famous and notorious jails!

Vividly portrayed are more than 200 years of this prison’s turbulent history; See life-size models of Napoleonic soldiers in colourful period uniforms, read about the ‘Princetown Massacre,’ and learn about the escape of the ‘Mad Axeman’ – a famous prisoner at Dartmoor who, despite the biggest manhunt ever mounted on the moor, was never recaptured.

The museum offers activities linked to the National Curriculum at Key stages 2 and 3 and school staff can visit the Museum before a planned visit if they wish to develop a worksheet for students. Free parking at the front of the museum with coach parking is available. 

Venue resources

Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 7-11 ZIP 12.31MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 11-14 ZIP 12.31MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

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Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Group Admission Prices

Group Admission Prices

Adults – £3.00

Children (Under 18) & OAPS (Over 60) – £3.00 Under 5 Free

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £12.00

Card Payment Only – not currently accepting cash


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On Display

Dartmoor Prison Museum has lots to see. Some of the artefacts and documents on display will surprise you but will certainly enable you to form an opinion about prison life.

View prison memorabilia and weapons
Learn about famous prisoners and escapees
See prison uniforms through the ages

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Venue Details



Tor View, Princetown
PL20 6RR. England

Opening Hours

Mon-Thu & Sat - 9:30am to 4:30pm, Fri & Sun - 9:30am to 4:00pm