“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

St Michael’s & All Angels



A historic Dartmoor church built by prisoners of war…

This simple, slender-towered moorland church was built between 1812-14 by prisoners captured in the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 with the United States and held at nearby Dartmoor Prison.

In a location once described as ‘unquestionably the bleakest place in Devon’, the church stands 436 metres above sea level in a wild and fascinating churchyard and looks out across open moorland.

The stunning stained and painted East Window depicts the life of Christ and was donated to the church in memory of the American prisoners who helped to build it.

Why not combine your visit with a stop at one of Princetown’s cafes, take advantage of stunning walks through the surrounding open moorland or visit the nearby Prison Museum?

To visit other historic churches in Devon and across the South West visit The Churches Conservation Trust’s website at www.visitchurches.org.uk

Opening times

1st January — 31st December – Open every day from 10am to 4.30pm.


Free entry.

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