Devon in focus

  • Share
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email a friend

    Please enter your own name and your friend's email address below and we will email them a link to this page.


    This email address will only be used this once to send your friend a link to this page. No record will be kept, and the email address will not be shared with any third party.
  • Print this page

Princetown Town in Devon

Photograph of Princetown


Princetown is a small town situated on Dartmoor, Devon. It lies just under 8 miles east of Tavistock and about 16 miles northeast of Plymouth adjacent to the B3212 road. It is the highest town on the moor, and one of the highest in the United Kingdom.

The town dates from the late eighteenth century, in 1785 Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt, Secretary to the Prince of Wales, leased a large area of moorland from the Duchy of Cornwall estate, hoping to convert it into good farmland. He encouraged people to live in the area and suggested that a prison be built there. Dartmoor Prison was built in 1806 at a cost of £130,000 and at one time had a capacity between 7,000 and 9,000 prisoners. He called the settlement Princetown after the Prince of Wales. Princetown tends to be popular with walkers and the sight of large groups of young people with rucksacks is especially common during the summer months. Bunkhouse, bed and breakfast and camping facilities are available in the town and there are also a handful of local shops where visitors can stock up on essential items. Princetown also has its own brewery producing the appropriately named Jail Ale and Dartmoor IPA.

Events near Princetown

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 22 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sat, 1 Aug (ca. 16 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sun, 1 Aug (ca. 16 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Mon, 1 Aug (ca. 16 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Tue, 1 Aug (ca. 22 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 22 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Fri, 1 Aug (ca. 22 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

arrow All Devon events

Dining out near Princetown

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Princetown, Tavistock, Dartmoor and Buckfastleigh.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowBovey Tracey





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Dartmoor, Tavistock, Moretonhampstead and Newton Abbot.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowDartmoor Prison Heritage Centre

Buckland Monachorum

	arrowThe Garden House


	arrowBuckland Abbey and Gardens


	arrowTavistock Wharf

	arrowLydford Gorge

	arrowMorwellham Quay




About us

Privacy policy



Promote events

Advertising options


Follow us




Related sites

Cornwall in Focus

Somerset in Focus

Dorset in Focus

A SouthWest in Focus brand
© Shimbo 2000 - 2018

© 2000 - 2018