Princetown, Dartmoor


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Have you visited Princetown yet? Princetown is the highest village in the Dartmoor National Park, Devon. Princetown is also famous as it is the home of Dartmoor Prison where Category A prisoners used to be imprisoned. These criminals included many infamous men such as the Cray Brothers.

Princetown is also known for many other things these days. For example, it is the home of the Dartmoor Brewery. This famous brewery produces some very popular beers such as Jail Ale and Dartmoor APA as well as many others. Things to do in and around Princetown include visiting the Dartmoor Prison Museum. There you will find lots of history about the prison, from the dark and distant past right up to the present day. Just the sort of thing to do to while away a rainy afternoon on Dartmoor.

The National Park Visitor Centre is also in Princetown, housed in the former Duchy hotel. The story goes that Arthur Conan Doyle started to write the Hound of the Baskervilles whilst staying there. This is an excellent facility brimming with valuable information about Dartmoor. Well worth a visit where you can chat to the very knowledgeable staff as well as purchase gifts and souvenirs.

You can always end your visit to Princetown with either refreshments at the Fox Tor Cafe, or a pint or two at the Plume of Feathers. If you have time, pay a visit to Clapper Bridge and also Foggintor Quarry. Both are lovely spots and worth the time if you have it.

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