Princetown Visitor Centre

National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown

Princetown is our flagship Visitor Centre, once home to Conan Doyle as he wrote the Hound of the Baskervilles; it now hosts a variety of exhibitions and displays. Including:

  • Plymouth Museums, ‘Finding History’. Exhibiting some of the pre-historic artefacts found on Dartmoor
  • Discovering Dartmoor’s wild stories, an interactive journey exploring Dartmoor’s wildlife
  • The conservation garden; a microcosm of Dartmoor’s flora and home to several antiquities
  • In the spectacular former ballroom we have a rolling exhibition programme

As well as other exhibitions, displays and a children’s discovery zone, it is also a great activity hub to start a walk or cycle ride from. Princetown provides an excellent gateway to both the south and north moors for hill walkers and our Centre staff will be pleased to help you plan a suitable route.

Admission to the Centre and exhibition area is free


We also stock an extensive range of useful items for the outdoor enthusiast such as maps, publications about Dartmoor and guide books, in addition to fantastic souvenirs from our Dartmoor Range.

Princetown has several pubs and restaurants, good car parking facilities and public toilets with access for the disabled.

The weather can be very changeable on the high moors and walkers should be adequately equipped for anything more than a short stroll.

Find out more about The history of the Duchy Hotel

Further information about the Princetown area can be found here.

Tavistock Road, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6QF

Tel: 01822 890414, Email: visit@dartmoor.gov.uk

Opening Hours - Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres

Summer (1 April - 29 Oct)

All centres open daily  10am - 5pm

Winter (30 Oct - 31 March)

Princetown - open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 3pm (see notes 1 and 2)

Haytor & Postbridge - Thurs - Sun from 10am - 3pm (see notes below)

Note:
1. Open daily during Devon school holidays except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
2. All Centres are shut for annual maintenance and staff training from Monday 05 March to Friday 09 March 2018
3. Postbridge Visitor Centre is shut from 02 January to 09 February 2018 inclusive