Jamaica Inn

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The Smugglers Museum houses one of the finest collections of smuggling artefacts in the country. Featuring 'The History of Jamaica Inn', an educational and historical film show, the Museum brings alive many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.

Smuggling evolved when customs dues were first introduced in the thirteenth century, but there was little effective enforcement.  In the 18th century, when taxes rose to fund foreign wars, some goods could be purchased much more cheaply on the continent and smuggling became rife.  Tea had become a very popular drink and at one point the tax levied made tea six times more expensive in England than in Europe!  Goods such as silks, tea, tobacco and brandy were more frequently smuggled into Cornwall than anywhere else in England.


Daphne du Maurier was born in London in 1907, the second daughter of Muriel and Gerald du Maurier. Born into a talented, theatrical and artistic family, she was blessed from an early age with a vivid imagination and a desire to write.

This desire was nurtured further by her immediate love for Cornwall, after her parents purchased a holiday home at Bodinnick near Fowey on the coast.

It was whilst staying there, at the house re-named Ferryside, she wrote her first novel The Loving Spirit (published in 1931). A story set in the fictitious town of Plyn, it was woven around the lives of local Cornish boat builders and their history. 


Jamaica Inn in North Cornwall provides a relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep in both the original 1750’s part of this coaching inn and in the newer wing.  In the morning enjoy a full English breakfast included in all B&B room rates.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and most have full length baths.  Detail like both soft and firm pillows in every room has been taken care of. For that romantic break, some feature glorious four-poster beds. A stay in the old part is a magical, romantic and mysterious experience. Just make sure you don't sit in our resident ghost’s favourite chair though!

All rooms have free Wi-Fi as well as new flat screen TVs providing SKY channels including Sky Movies and Sky Sports and even BT Sports – more than many 5 star hotels offer.


Jamaica Inn is open for food from 7.30am to 9.00pm and we use only the freshest and finest local ingredients whenever possible. The menu includes delights such as delicious steak pies, succulent gammon steaks, tasty fillets of salmon, vegetarian options and most weekends a hearty Sunday roast from 12 until 3.00pm. And don’t forget our daily ‘specials’ board.

Whether you just pop in for a warming coffee, a pint after a walk on the moors or are coming for an evening meal with friends, you will find our friendly staff will give you a warm welcome.

Delicious pre-packed picnics are also available to pre-order – 01566 86250 - perfect to take on your journey or maybe for a walk to Brown Willey the highest point in Cornwall some 2 ½ miles across Bodmin Moor (route available).

Food is served at the following times:

Breakfast: 7:30am – 10.30am
Lunch: midday – 5pm
Light Bites: 11am – 4pm
Cream teas: 11am – 5pm
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm





Daphne du Maurier



  • Dogs Welcome
  • WC
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • Baby Changing
  • Freeview TV
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • WiFi Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • En-Suite

Opening Times

Period Open Closed
Daily 8:00am 9:00pm


Adult £3.95
Child/OAP £2.95
1 Adult & 2 Children £7.95
2 Adults & 2 Children £9.95
Hotel Residents £2.95
Coach Parties of 10 or more £2.50

Contact Details

nr Launceston
PL15 7TS

Telephone: 01566 86250
Email: enquiry@jamaicainn.co.uk
Web: http://www.jamaicainn.co.uk/

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Special Offers

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This voucher entitles one adult to 25% off the standard museum admission price.  Not for use with any other offer, discount or for any Senior Citizen’s discounted entry fee. Valid until 31.12.2021

REF: For One & All Voucher