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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. To visit Bodmin Jail and get the most from your holiday in Bodmin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bodmin vacation route planner.
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  • Really impressed with the jail. Very well presented. Interesting tales. Caught the imagination of the kids and was interesting for the adults too. Some gruesome stories. Great cafe tool recommend!  more »
  • After driving past last November, we decided to visit this March while in the area. Absolutely brilliant, very interesting, informative and fun. It's great to see the work being carried out so more ca...  more »
  • Not my cup of tea really. Most of the jail is still in ruins and inaccessible to the public. The part that has been restored has each cell used to illustrate a different prisoners story but to be hone...  more »
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  • We (couple in our thirties) stopped in here on the way back from a weekend in Camborne. It's a large imposing set of structures which provided some great exterior shots and I (the male) was eager to explore the inside. Admission is a little expensive at £20 for the two of us but I was told all six floors were open and we made our way in. It's clear there's lots of maintenance and/or building work going on as there were some temporary walls and doors as we made out way into the jail proper. The owners have a done a very good job at educating visitors as to what crimes took place in the area and how the poor inmates came to find themselves in the jail in the first place. There's a lot of signage explaining all of this and a room dedicated to press clippings on the jail. As others have noted there's lots of vertical movement so if you're unsteady on your feet this probably isn't one for you. Although all six floors were indeed open some of those consisted of little more than a room or two with the majority of the attraction being limited to one or two floors at most. It's probably not a place for younger children; we entered a room with a recreation of a hanging scene and a father was desperately trying to distract his young son from the not so pleasant topic in hand. That said if you've got slightly older children who enjoy history and exploring old buildings I'm sure they'd love this place. As for my girlfriend she didn't enjoy it at all.
  • Well worth a visit. You can spend a good two hours or so going through and if you take the time to read the boards as you go it's very interesting. Very enjoyable for both adults and children alike.
  • Great visit, interesting and looks like they are doing more work to it. We visited last time in 2009 and it had been improved no end since then. Keep up the good work!
  • A little expensive but good experience. Kids ( 5,7,11) loved it. Certainly ties in with the horrible histories they read. Looking forward to the navel wing being restored just hope the don't over restore it. Keep it as barren as it used to be.
  • great day out and a very interesting place, i would recommend for people who want to find out more about history. i would not recommend for children as it is cramped with steep stairs and the cafe isn't child friendly with limited seating and small area joined to shop there is more seating upstairs but not easy for buggy pushers. cream tea was awesome :-)