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Princetown Town in Devon

Photograph of Princetown

Location

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

Dining out near Princetown

Local Accommodation

Cottages

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:

arrowTavistock

arrowBovey Tracey

arrowModbury

arrowExeter

Hotels

Hotels

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

	arrowDartmoor

	arrowPrincetown

	arrowPlympton

	arrowTavistock

Caravans

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

Attractions

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

Princetown

	arrowDartmoor Prison Heritage Centre

Buckland Monachorum

	arrowThe Garden House

Yelverton

	arrowBuckland Abbey and Gardens

Tavistock

	arrowTavistock Wharf

	arrowLydford Gorge

	arrowMorwellham Quay

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