HMP Dartmoor, Visits and getting there

Visits are held Wed – Sun: 14:00 – 16:00

You can book online at All you need is the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting, their prisoner number and details of the visitors. You can choose up to 3 possible dates and times. Prison booking staff will check what’s available and confirm your visit by email. If you’ve made an online visit booking request and haven’t received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please 01822 322022, lines open Mon – Fri between 10:30 – 12:00.. You can also book visits just by calling that number (01822 322022)

There is a visitors centre at the prison run by Choices (click here) or call 01822 890550. You should book in for your visit at the centre, where there are lockers to leave items you cannot take into the prison such as mobiles, cigarettes etc. Like at all prison you will be searched before being admitted to the prison visits hall. You will be expected to provide photo ID and proof of address before your visit. Remember to take a small amount of cash into the visits hall to buy by refreshments during the visit.

Choices run family day visits on the first Tuesday of every month (all day visit). These “children friendly” visits are booked by the prisoners themselves .

Getting there:

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The prison is in a truly rural location, about 8 miles for Tavistock, and the nearest mainline railway station is Plymouth, (click here) is 16 miles distant. A bus runs from  Plymouth bus station to Tavistock for the connecting bus service to Princetown, there is no Tavistock to Princetown services at weekends. Click here for timetables  . There is a taxi rank at Plymouth station, but fares can be flexible, ranging up to £40. call 01752 606060,  01752 252525 or 01752 242424.

If driving:

  • from Bristol, follow signs to the Southwest eg Exeter, Okehampton (A30). Bypass Okehampton following signs to Launceston, taking the next turning on the left, signposted Tavistock (A386). As you approach Tavistock, after passing Kelly College on the right, take the 2nd turning on the left hand side signposted Princetown. Proceed for approximately 7 miles over the moors turning right into Princetown. Once in Princetown you will see the prison on the left hand side. (If you would like a more scenic route over Dartmoor, after Exeter then follow the signs for Plymouth). After about 28-29 miles you will see signs for Ashburton, don’t take the first turning off to Ashburton (on the left), take the next one signposted Ashburton, Two Bridges, and Princetown. Princetown is approx 12 miles from the turning (down very winding roads). Once in the village of Princetown take the first right turn, the prison is approximately half a mile up this road on the right hand side, or
  • from Plymouth, follow the signs to Yelverton, Princetown. Once in Princetown turn left. The prison is approx half a mile up this road on the right hand side, or
  • from Cornwall, follow the signs to Tavistock. On arriving in Tavistock follow the signs to Princetown which is approx 8 miles away.

The visitors’ car park is situated approx 150 yards before the prison on the right hand side.

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