Bodmin Jail

About 23 minutes from park

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Bodmin Jail, Berrycoombe Road Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2NR

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About Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail has completed a major re-development and is excited to reopen on 17th May 2021. Immerse yourself in Cornwall's Dark History in our new 'Dark Walk' with state of the art theatrical effects that bring some of the grimest stories vividly to life!

The original jail was built for King George III in 1779. The Jail you see today was built by the Prisoners, who brought the 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s “Cuckoo Quarry”. During the First World War the Jail held state papers and the Doomsday book – The Crown Jewels have also been given safe haven here as well. Visit the cold dank cells, look up at the thin rays of light filtering through a small barred window and imagine being sentenced to even a week in such desolation, a very lonely life with the knowledge each day would bring more of the same cold, hunger and hard labour on the treadmill as a civil prisoner, or “cannon ball” catch for naval prisoners; designed to keep you fit for battle on your release.

How to get to Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail is located just a couple of minutes from the town centre and can be found either by Sat Nav or by following the brown tourism directional signs once you reach Bodmin. Please enter PL31 2PY into your Sat Nav to find Bodmin Jail.

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