About Courtroom Experience
Do you love a good murder mystery?
Always fancied doing jury service?
What to experience Victorian Cornish History?
Then visit the Courtroom Experience, an award winning visitor attraction at the heart of Cornwall.
The Courtroom Experience is an interactive, guided tour of the original country courts of Cornwall. The experience is led by one of our knowledgeable Courtroom Ushers who will be your tour guide and will meet you in the foyer to take you through the experience. the tour begins with a short talk giving you some information about the building and some background to the story of Matthew Weeks and Charlotte Dymond
Then the usher will take you into the original courtroom where you will be invited to take a seat. Here the usher will introduce you to the characters in the courtroom and give some snippets of information to think about during the trial.
The trial then begins and is a mixture of lights, film and animatronics and the case of Matthew Weeks is told.
Towards the end of the trial you are asked to vote, based on what you have seen, whether you think that Matthew was guilty or not guilty of the crime. The trial culminates with the historical outcome of the trial.
The usher finally takes you down to the original holding cells where you can stand inside on the tiny, gloomy cells.
The whole experience takes about one hour.
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**Public Notice - THE COURTROOM EXPERIENCE IS NOW CLOSED**
From 1 October the Courtroom Experience will be closing, and the attraction's format will be changing. The courtroom will remain in situ and it will continue to be publicly accessible. A revised entrance fee will be introduced to reflect this change and, subject to an agreed work plan, it will reopen to the public at a future date. The animatronics will be removed but the information boards and the history will be kept for continued enjoyment.
The Town Council has taken the decision to close this attraction in its current form as the cost to bring the Courtroom Experience up to modern user expectations is beyond the scope of the Council?s budget. The Council is also very aware that Bodmin Jail will be introducing a high tech 'experience' which would outcompete the Town Council's offer.
However, the Shire Hall, as the former Assize Court, retains a rich history and heritage. The Council will be looking to see if local partnership models can be identified and developed to continue to tell its unique story.
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Information & Contact
The Courtroom Experience can be found in the Shire Hall, once the old County Courts. Located at the very heart of Bodmin, it is easy to find and has two large car parks both within a 2 minute walk of the building.
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