Bodmin Jail

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Get a real feeling of what it was like to spend time behind bars in our Bodmin Jail Exhibition! Follow our tour through the jail and experience the sights, sounds and smells of this unique attraction.

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.

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.

VIDEO: A short video postcard about Bodmin Jail and the surrounding area. With thanks to Cornwall Tourist Board.

VIDEO: Cycling the Camel Trail to the Bodmin Jail.

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  • Baby Changing
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Food & Drink
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • WC
  • WiFi Available

Opening Times

Jail, Tearoom & Gift Shop Open     Last Entry     
Open Daily 1st Sept to 31st March 9.30am 6pm
Open Daily 1st April to 31st August 9.30am 8pm

Governors Hall Fully Licensed Restaurant – Noon til 9pm


Adult (16+) £10.00
Over 65 £8.50
Child 5-15 £7.50
Under 5 FREE
Family (2 Adults 2 Children £32.00

Contact Details

Bodmin Jail
Berrycoombe Road
PL31 2NR

Telephone: 01208 76292

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Special Offers

Present you device to the cashier

Receive 10% off admissions for upto 6 people.
Just show this offer to the cashier at time of entry.
Offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
Valid to 1st March 2019

REF: For One & All Voucher