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HMP Dartmoor Prison Heritage Centre
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Yelverton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Dartmoor prison is one of those places you see or hear about so we decided to go and visit the museum, situated opposite the prison the small museum is worthy of a visit, very interesting history laid out well. various memorabilia, items made by former inmates, quite a scary collection of home made weapons. Only a small museum and only takes an houish to go round, but curiosity satisfied

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Moving from Looe to Dawlish go via Dartmoor and Princetown home of the infamous Dartmoor Prison, just up the road is the Museum. Well worth an hourbtomwander round and read the history of the prison, its inmates and escapees. 4 rooms full,of history . Much expanded since we went last 20 or so years ago. Enjoy

Thank Al B
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Dartmoor prison has fascinated me since I was a child so we finally took an opportunity whilst driving through Dartmoor on our way home to visit the museum.

We received a lovely welcome and the kids were full of questions which were answered with detail. The museum is fascinating and is definitely worth a visit, it won’t take more than a few hours max to go round but you do get the opportunity to see first hand some of the items made by prisoners and read stories of its history and famous prisoners.

No photos allowed inside museum.

Our kids are 6 and 10, I probably wouldn’t suggest much younger as it was difficult at times to answer the questions of the 6 year old.

You are able to walk along the road passed the prison and get a closer look.

Definitely worth stopping on your way through.

Thank lizzy_murray
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

The museum is situated within walking distance from the actual prison. At first we parked in the prison car park and could hear the inmates in the recreational yard. We then realised that the museum car park is located further up the road on the opposite side, so re-parked there. The curator is very informative of past inmates and their crimes. There is a mock-up cell and also shows some of the handmade weapons that inmates have made inside. On show are some of the restraining implements used. There is a film where inmates give their own story of life inside. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

If it rains in Dartmoor (and it frequently does!) this is a great place to spend a couple of hours.

It's in the former prison dairy right opposite the actual prison. The displays are a little worn but the information is comprehensive.

Thank Julie P
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