A small moorland outpost dominated by its Napoleonic Prison

The austere and foreboding Dartmoor Prison, built during the Napoleonic Wars, is the most iconic and famous part of Princetown; the jail is still an important part of the country’s prison service, though today visitors can visit the prison museum and learn more about it.

It’s thought that Sherlock Holmes scribe Arthur Conan Doyle penned his most famous work, The Hound of the Baskervilles, during a stay at the Old Duchy Hotel, now the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre in the heart of Princetown. You can go to the centre and retrace Conan Doyle’s steps on a walk to Grimspound.