Named after the Prince of Wales, this pretty village stands at 1,430 feet above sea level, making it the highest point of Dartmoor National Park. Situated in an area known as the Higher Moors, Princetown is the perfect rural retreat for those who wish to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views that Devon has to offer!
Embark on one of the many walkers’ trails and take in the spectacular flora and fauna of this unique area in Mid Devon. Following a footpath to the south, you will find Nun’s Cross, whilst heading west, you will reach Sampford Spiney, you may even spot a Dartmoor pony along the way! Walking holidays are extremely popular in this area and you will come across many friendly fellow walkers during your holiday in Princetown.
Ancient Dartmoor is famed for its history and folk tales of ghostly goings-on and was once home to some of Britain’s most notorious criminals. Princetown is still home to Dartmoor Prison, which includes a museum where visitors can discover its fascinating history, with displays ranging from information about the most famous inmates to manacles and weapons. You may also want to visit St Michael and All Angels Church, which is both beautiful and bursting with heritage.
If you follow Tor Royal Lane, which leads from the village down to a disused Whitework’s tin mine overlooking Fox Tor Mires, you will be able to see the landscape that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s crime novel, Hound of the Baskervilles. Whilst writing this book, Sir Conan Doyle stayed at the Royal Duchy Hotel, which has since closed and is now home to the National Park Visitor Centre.
Offering a quaint and cosy village feel, visitors can enjoy a warm welcome at the local inn, or for those who wish to learn more about this beautiful and mysterious area, the newly refurbished visitor centre as mentioned above is full of local information. You’ll also find the Dartmoor Brewery in Princetown, where you can enjoy a local premium Jail Ale, or if a cream tea is more your thing, then there are a handful of cafes where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Embark on one of the many walkers’ trails and take in the spectacular flora and fauna of this unique area.
Princetown is a great location from which to tour the rest of the county. To the south you can enjoy the appeal of traditional seaside towns, or head north and explore the rugged beauty of North Devon, which is also within easy reach. There is a bus that runs from Plymouth to Exeter, via Princetown, so why not head to one of these for a little city culture during your holiday on Dartmoor. With our comfortable collection of accommodation in Princetown, you’re sure to find the perfect base for your stay, whether that’s with family, your partner, group of friends or a four legged friend.