The old Duchy Hotel is the home to the main Dartmoor National Park Visitor centre. With wide ranging and interactive exhibitions on cultural heritage and the natural environment you can discover what makes dartmoor so special and delve in to the thousands of years of history. Entering the former hotel's ballroom you can enjoy regullarly changing exhibitions from local artists and groups. The ballroom also has Conan Doyle's 'study'. A former hotel guest, Conan Doyle was inspired by his surroundings and subsequently wrote some of 'Hound of the Baskervilles' whilst staying here. As well as also having the opportunity to dress up as Sherlock or Dr Watson, you can also have your photo taken in the guise of other famous Princetown residents, the inmates of Dartmoor Prison!
From the ballroom you can also explore the Dartmoor Conservation garden, a microsm of Dartmoor with bronze age cists, medieval crosses, and a Quern stone. An area to explore or simply relax and have your picnic.
Further on, the Centre (which has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence) currently has Dartmoor artefacts 'Finding Prehistory' on loan from Plymouth Museum. There is a also a dedicated 'childrens' room for children of all ages where you can dress up, find out about the National Park Junior Ranger club and also learn more about Dartmoor myths and legends. Finally, the Centre also has a cinema room which has a changing programme of short films.
Having discovered so much about Dartmoor there is the opportunity to take home a Dartmoor souvenir, a present from one of the Dartmoor Range producers or buy a map or guide book to discover more.
Open year round this centre is a must on your Dartmoor itinerary!
- Groups Accepted - Groups are catered for but its essential to call the Centre to book a time slot - a donation (subject to group size) is requested.
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loops & headphones
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Some-audio presentations, some tactile displays.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Picnic Site - Take advantage of the relaxing surroundings of the Dartmoor Conservation Garden which can be accessed from the Ballroom in the Visitor Centre.
- Approx length of visit - 01:00
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - Groups are catered for but should call the Centre to book a time slot - a donation (subject to group size) is requested.
- Min group size - Groups are catered for but should call the Centre to book a time slot - a donation (subject to group size) is requested.
- Visa accepted
- Dogs Accepted
- Event Venue - Keep an eye on the Visit Dartmoor or National Park websites to be alerted to upcoming events including talks, fairs or exhibitions.
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Family Fun
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Dutch printed material
- French printed material
- German printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A386. From Tavistock or Yelverton follow signs to Princetown (B3357 or B3212). The centre is the middle of the village square.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Plymouth. Take a bus to Yelverton and then the 98 service to Princetown - See TravelineSW for local transport details - http://www.travelinesw.com
|Open New Year|
* Please note that the National Park Visitor Centre Princetown is shut on Christmas day and Boxing day.
The Centre is also closed from Monday 27 February - Friday 03 March 2017 for annual building maintenance and staff training.