Dartmoor Prison Information

Dartmoor Prison
Dartmoor Prison, officially known as HMP Dartmoor, is a Category C men's prison located in Princetown, Devon, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Dartmoor Prison primarily holds adult male offenders. Here is important information about Dartmoor Prison:

Dartmoor Prison was established in 1809 and is situated within the Dartmoor National Park. Originally built to hold prisoners of war, it later became a convict prison. Today, its purpose is to securely hold individuals who have been convicted of various offenses and support their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Dartmoor Prison is classified as a Category C prison. It is designed to hold prisoners with a moderate security risk who may not require the highest level of security. The prison implements necessary security measures to ensure the safety of both inmates and staff.

Dartmoor Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. It holds individuals who have been convicted of various offenses and are classified as Category C prisoners. The prison has a capacity to hold approximately 650 individuals.

Dartmoor Prison provides a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of its inmates and support their rehabilitation. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential wings with individual cells or shared accommodation for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Dartmoor Prison offers educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are provided to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Workshops and Employment: Inmates have access to workshops where they can engage in various activities such as woodworking, metalwork, and other vocational programs. These activities aim to develop skills and potential employment options within the prison.
  • Healthcare: Dartmoor Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support and substance abuse programs are also available.
  • Chaplaincy Services: Dartmoor Prison has chaplains representing different faiths who offer religious support and guidance to prisoners.
  • Visitation: Family and friends of inmates are allowed to visit within specified visiting hours. The prison has established guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe and secure visiting environment.
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Contact Information
HMP Dartmoor Prison
PL20 6RR

Tel: 01822 322000

Website: HM Prison Dartmoor
Booking a visit to Dartmoor Prison
How to book a visit to Dartmoor Prison?

You can book a visit via the Dartmoor prison hotline on: 01822 322 022

The booking line is open:
  • Monday: 12pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 1pm
  • Friday: 9am to 12pm

Dartmoor Prison Information

Visiting times:
  • Thursday to Sunday: 9:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4pm
What do you need to bring with you to a visit to Dartmoor Prison?

To visit someone in Dartmoor you must:
  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit in advance
  • have the required IDwith you when you go
At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

Most residents in Dartmoor are allowed up to 3 visits per month. You can check this with Dartmoor.

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:
  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card
All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Directions to Dartmoor Prison, How to get there?

The prison is in quite a remote location, about 8 miles for Tavistock, and the nearest mainline railway station is Plymouth, A bus runs from Plymouth bus station to Tavistock for the connecting bus service to Princetown

Is there car parking at Dartmoor Prison?

The visitors’ car park is situated approx 150 yards before the prison on the right hand side.

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