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Bodmin Jail, Bodmin

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An eerie reminder of the squalor in prisons during the 18th and 19th centuries, exhibits at Bodmin Jail have been likened to the London Dungeon. Much of the prison is in ruins, but sections are open to the public. See how an inmate may have lived during England's thriving Victorian age through the exhibits, which use mannequins dressed as prisoners inside the cramped cells. Before you try your courage in the cells with an evening "Ghost Walk," stop by the Witness Box Wine Bar or the on-site restaurant, which features local produce. Plan to see Bodmin Jail and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bodmin holiday planning website .
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  • Firstly, I cannot give a full review as a lot of the jail was closed off due to them renovating. I think because of this, the entry price could be reduced slightly, however, it is well worth a visit. ...  more »
  • Came here with my children for the first time for half the building being built on. We were there for one hour only. Was supposed to be a day out. £32 for an hour is ridiculous. They could of discount...  more »
  • A big part of this attraction is now closed as they are building a hotel using the cell blocks. They need to cut the entrance price to reflect this. It is not worth £11.00. What I saw was interesting ...  more »
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  • Very spooky place to visit and interesting to see an untouched piece of our heritage in such detailed condition. Can also really recommend the restaurant. Inexpensive and very helpful staff. Unfortunately not very accessible to disabled due to age of building and steep steps and such.
  • We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 9. There was absolutely nothing of relevance to the kids, either appropriate or interesting. Plenty about various specific criminal cases, which generally resulted in either transportation or hanging, but as I say little that is appropriate to kids. If the museum was more interactive or had some live reenactment then this would better engage with the wider demographic that it tries to serve. That said, there were some interesting stories which fascinated the adults.
  • Little info about the jail itself. What are the rooms we're looking at. How did it work? Other than that - Lots of great background on previous occupants. Food here is great and the staff lovely. The Governor's hall is stunning. More interactive features for kids would be welcome.
  • It has got a bit expensive since last time I visited about 5 years ago! Still good value though. Probably one of my favourite places of interest in Cornwall though it has lost some of its spookiness since a recent improvement scheme took place!
  • Not quite a 5. Good service and a charming host. Prices not excessive. The steaks were nicely done and the brie starter I am informed was delicious.
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