Princetown Town in Devon
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
The Tors Restaurant, Dartmoor
Prince Hall Country House, Two Bridges
The Rock Inn, Yelverton, Yelverton
The Whitchurch Inn, Tavistock
Browns Hotel, Tavistock
Lydford Country House Restaurant, Okehampton
The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock
The Miners Arms, Hemerdon, Hemerdon
Bearslake Inn, Okehampton
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: