Dartmoor Prison information


Built in 1809 Dartmoor prison held French and American prisoners of war.  It became a criminal prison from 1850 and most of the buildings date from the late 19th century, with the museum opening in 1996 detailing the history of the prison from the beginning to the present day.  

Dartmoor is a Category C training prison and has done much in recent years to shake off its historically austere image.


PL20 6RR

Tel: 01822 322000
Fax: 01822 322001
Safeguarding Line: 01822 322 111 (Callers can leave a message)
VPN: 7027 + ext

Governor: Mrs Bridie Oakes-Richards

Operational capacity: 640

Accommodation: Dartmoor offers cellular accommodation on 6 wings – Arch Tor, Burra Tor, Down Tor, Fox & Granite Tor & East Tor, the inside is clean, welcoming and well kept.

The establishment runs an ‘integrated’ regime where offenders from all types of offending live and work together in a supportive community.  It is also a smoke-free site where staff and offenders are not permitted to have smoking requisites.

Reception criteria: Category C Trainer, Adult. Type 2 Healthcare.

Latest inspection report: HMP Dartmoor inspection report (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP Dartmoor Action Plan (PDF)

External Related Links

Storybook Dads

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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