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Bodmin Jail Bodmin, PL31 2NR

Bodmin Jail
Bodmin Jail
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Bodmin Jail
Bodmin Jail

About Bodmin Jail

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'.


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Opening Hours

Jail Visit, Tea Room, & Gift Shop
9.30am - 6pm (1st Oct - 31st Mar)
9.30am - 8pm (1st Apr - 30th Sept)
Restaurant Noon - 9pm

PLEASE NOTE: During January and up to 15th February 2019 we will be open our regular opening hours as stated above on Wednesday to Saturday . However; we will be open from 9.30am - 6pm, with last meal orders in our Governors Hall and Exhibition admissions no later than 4pm on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays.

Admission Charges

Jail Visits
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. Due to peak demand, and taking into consideration our valued customer feedback: access for dogs is NOT permitted inside the Jail buildings between 12pm - 3pm, during July & August.

Information & Contact

Address: Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2NR
Telephone: +44 (0)1208 76292


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