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Population: 880
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Burning the Ashen Faggot
Hatherleigh Carnival Tar Barrels
Kingsteignton Ram Roast
Passing the Port
Pretty Maid’s Charity
Tar Barrels & Rock Cannons of Ottery
The Barnstaple Shilling
Turning the Devil’s Stone

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Princetown is a small town placed at the very centre of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, high on the craggy windswept Moorland that’s been inhabited since prehistoric times. Famed for it’s stark prison built to incarcerate prisoners from the Napoleonic War, the foreboding façade no longer houses an intriguing Museum that has fascinating exhibits to see, there’s also the High Moorland Visitor Centre which explains the history, wildlife, and culture of the area. This is though very much a working Category C Prison. The dramatic countryside beckons to walkers, as the Two Moors Way which connects Dartmoor and Exmoor runs through the town. Explorers are happy as many treasures from times long past can be enjoyed, there are Dual Stone Rows, and the Prehistoric Settlement at Merrivale. If architecture on a grander scale is more for you, there is Tavistock Abbey, or how about Buckland Abbey which revisits the pages of history , once home to Cistercian Monks, and the intrepid Sir Francis Drake. There are interesting interactive displays and costumes, outside there’s enchanting walks, meadows and woodland, all set on the banks of the River Tavy. For tired feet why not rest a spell in the 13th Century Monks Guest House whilst enjoying a coffee.

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Dartmoor Inn
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Fox Tor Cafe
The Old Police Station Cafe


Brimpts Farm(Walking)
Dartmoor National Park Authority(Walking)

Places to Stay near Princetown

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Plume of Feathers Lodge (0.10 miles)

Plume of Feathers Lodge
The Plume of Feathers Lodge is a family run bed and breakfast located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. We are ideally located for leisure travellers using the moor for walking, cycling, canoeing etc. ... More | visit website
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Two Bridges Hotel (1.93 miles)

Two Bridges Hotel

Nestling beside the picturesque West Dart River at the very heart of Dartmoor, The Two Bridges Hotel retains the atmosphere of "Old England" with its huge log fires and interesting collection of clocks, gramophones and ... More | visit website

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Sampford Manor (3.65 miles)

Sampford Manor
Just 3 miles East of Tavistock and close to some of the wilder parts of Dartmoor. This family home is well placed for walking, bicycling, golf and other outdoor activities. Many visitor attractions and good ... More | visit website
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Forest Inn (4.04 miles)

Forest Inn
A haven for walkers, riders, fishermen, canoeists or anyone just looking for an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Dartmoor. Muddy paws, hooves and boots welcome!

We specialise in home-made food using local produce ... More | visit website

Walkhampton Inn (4.14 miles)

Walkhampton Inn

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Walkhampton is a small moorland village standing above the tranquil Walkham Valley on the south western edge of Dartmoor. There’s plenty of beautiful walks always nearby. A warm & friendly ... More

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East Dart Hotel (5.20 miles)

East Dart Hotel
Paul and Rosie Joynson and their twins, Dominic and Sylvia, are looking forward to providing you with the visit you have always wanted. Care and attention matter and Paul has over 22 years experience ... More | visit website
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Beechwood B&B (5.25 miles)

Beechwood B&B
Beechwood is located at the heart of Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by gardens, meadows and moors. We offer cottage style rooms, a comfortable guest lounge and delicious homemade breakfasts. ... More | visit website
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Old School Guesthouse (5.35 miles)

Old School Guesthouse

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This friendly guest house was built as a school house in 1875. It has been converted to comfortable, homely accommodation with beautiful original features. The building’s historic structure has been carefully preserved, ... More

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Harrabeer Country House Hotel (5.54 miles)

Harrabeer Country House Hotel

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The Harrabeer Country House Hotel is a small, quiet, friendly, family run HOTEL and a recent top 20 finalist for the prestigious AA Landlady of the Year Award.

6 comfortable bedrooms all have ensuite ... More

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The Rosemont (5.54 miles)

The Rosemont
The Rosemont is a spacious and beautifully maintained, late 19th century property. It is superbly situated for exploring and enjoying the outstanding beauty of the Dartmoor National Park. Converted to a B&B in ... More | visit website

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