National Park Visitor Centre - Princetown

Address: Tavistock Road, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6QF
Telephone: 01822 890414
Fax: 01626 836001

Opening Times 2017/18 

01 April – 29 October 2017

Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm

30 October 2017– 28 March 2018

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm

Please Note:

  1. Open daily during Devon school holidays apart from Christmas Day.
  2. All Visitor Centres will be closed 5-9 March 2018 for annual maintenance.

Current Exhibitions:
Until Tuesday 23 May
Unseen and Unheard Things -  The diary of a Conscientious Objector, imprisoned 100 years ago in HMP Dartmoor, recorded by today's prisoners. The audio is accompanied by images from 100 years ago and of the prison today. A striking exhibition examining how society's opinion shifts.

24 May -  22 August 2017
Dartmoor Artisans -
As part of The Dartmoor Artisan Trail, photographer and trail founder Suzy Bennett went behind the studio walls of 28 of the moor's finest artists, makers and producers to capture them at work. Her subjects include Dartmoor’s most celebrated artists, including Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings illustrator Alan Lee and internationally-acclaimed sculptor Peter Randall-Page. Also photographed is Luke Shepherd, a sculptor who teaches London surgeons facial reconstructive surgery, Jane Deane, a textile designer who breeds her own silk worms and Yuli Somme, the UK's last remaining maker of burial shrouds.

The National Park Visitor Centre - Princetown is an ideal place to start your visit to Dartmoor. Recently enhanced come and see the new interactive 'Discover Dartmoor's Wild Stories' exhibit, Plymouth Museum's 'Discovering Prehistory'  or explore the Conservation Garden as well as other exhibitions, displays and a children's discovery zone.

Admission to the Centre and exhibition area is free.

Staff at the Centre are knowledgeable, local people who will be pleased to help you with advice and ideas on where to go and what to see during your visit.  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 gifts, cards, clothing and stationery.

We are situated in Princetown at the heart of Dartmoor and the Centre is easily accessible by road from Exeter or Plymouth and by public transport throughout the year.  Princetown has several pubs and restaurants, good car parking facilities and public toilets with access for the disabled.
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.

The weather can be very changeable on the high moors and walkers should be adequately equipped for anything more than a short stroll. The history of the Duchy Hotel, now the National Park Visitor Centre - Princetown will give you a good insight into the past uses of the building.