About Bodmin Jail
Bodmin Jail, one of Cornwall?s most loved historical attractions and Cornwall?s former County Gaol, announces today that it will close its doors for a 6-month period from 4th November 2019 to allow for construction to finish on the on-going £40million re-development and preservation project that is set to restore this important heritage asset to its former glory.
The current visitor attraction will close its doors from Monday 4th November, with the restaurant and gift shop remaining open for diners, pre-booked events, and weddings only until 1st December 2019. During the closure, all special events, including After Dark Paranormal Events, will be suspended, returning with a new lease of life in May 2020.
On Sunday 3rd November the Jail invites locals and enthusiasts to join them for a Charity Open Day with FREE entry for all to raise funds for the Jail?s chosen charity, Cornwall Hospice Care. Visitors will get a chance to say goodbye to the current attraction, as well as the opportunity to own a piece of Bodmin Jail by bidding on selected memorabilia picked from the original jail and attraction in a silent auction, with all money raised going to the charity that runs two adult hospices in Cornwall. The auction, which opens online on www.jumblebee.co.uk at 9am on Monday 21st October, gives anyone interested in owning a real piece of Bodmin Jail a chance to bid.
The brand new £8.5million immersive visitor experience, which is due to re-open on the 1st May 2020, has been developed by international visitor attraction experts Sarner and sees the introduction of the new ?Dark Walk? experience and a complete re-design of the existing attraction spaces. Four linked experiences will take guests on a journey through an interactive, educational, fun and punishing depiction of life in the 18th and 19th century and provide them with entertaining and informative history of the region, the jail and its former inmates. Ghostly voices from Cornwall?s murky past will appear alongside highway robbers, smugglers, miners and tales of the Bodmin Beast, using the latest technology and theatrical effects to allow visitors to experience the life and death within the prison walls and Cornwall as a whole.
Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779: The Jail you see today was built with the help of the prisoners who brought 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin's Cuckoo Quarry.
Visitors can wander at their leisure through the depths of the Jail, over five levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall.
If you prefer a more close-up and personal account of the Jail's past and its nefarious inmates perhaps you'd like to join one of our guided tours which can be booked in advance of your visit via our website: Heritage Tours from 4-6pm every Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, and Paranormal Tours from 6.30-8.30pm every Fri & Sat.
During your visit you will be able to marvel at the building's unique design, architecture, and engineering; from the inspired heating and cooling systems constructed to keep the Jail environment comfortable, to the striking carved wood paneling and period features of the Old Chapel; now housing our popular Governors Hall restaurant, where our brigade of chefs will tickle your taste buds with a wide range of homemade, freshly prepared goodies. You can also choose to enjoy a 'real' coffee, traditional Cornish cream tea, or light-bite in our dog friendly Tea Rooms.
For those of a stronger disposition; dare to visit the Jail at night for one of our Scary Cinema Nights followed by a Paranormal Tour, or experience an After Dark lock-in with our Resident Medium until 5am. Suitable for over 18s only! Details & bookings can be found on our website 'Events'.
Attraction details add to itinerary
Jail Visit, Tea Room, & Gift Shop
9.30am - 6pm (1st Oct - 31st Apr)
9.30am - 8pm (1st May - 30th Sept)
Restaurant Noon - 9pm
Adults (16+) £10.00
Concessions (65 & over): £8.50
Children 5-15: £7.50
Under 5: FREE
Family (2x adult, 2x Child): £32.00
Dogs are welcome throughout the Jail Grounds & Exhibition, Tearoom & Gift Shop, but not permitted in Governors Hall restaurant. We find 11.30am - 3pm is our busiest time during July & August, so you may want to consider this when planning your day out with your four-legged friend.
Information & Contact
Address: Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2NR
Telephone: +44 (0)1208 76292
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