Here at the Jail we are constantly maintaining, and striving to improve your experience at this most important set of historic buildings.

During the winter months we get to undertake many of our ‘dirty jobs’!

This year we have unearthed interesting drains, air shafts, and the final room down in the basement level of the main building for you to see. We have also spent a great deal of time improving the exhibits within all areas of the museum.

In the coming months we will continue to upgrade the exhibition to give you a real feeling of what it was like to spend time behind bars in Bodmin Jail!

Furthermore, now the basement is totally clear for you to view, we are turning our attention to the 6th floor, and will shortly embark on digging out side rooms that assisted with the massive heating and ventilation system. No one has been able to gain full access to for over 60 years to this area – we intend to dig out hundreds of tons of earth and rubble to have it open mid 2013 for you to explore!

After that, well, it is on to the deeper levels of the Naval Wing, a back-filled staircase descending to……well, we just don’t know where!
Watch this page for further updates on progress here at Bodmin Jail.

Thank you for your continued support.

10 Responses to 'Improvements'

  • hi visited the jail in early july 2011 with all our family thought it was brill and very interesting i will defernately back again maybe next year keep up all the good work best regards mr m rigby

    maurice rigby
  • hi looking forward to third visit to jail hope it hasnt been cleaned up too much love the dank dark dismal damp and dingy old place brilliant atmosphere so good even my apathetic teenage daughter remembers her visits enthusiastically have always felt like i had travelled back in time was always 5 star in my book so keep up the good work expanding and dont fuss too much over the exhibits see you soon l clarke

    lucy clarke
  • love bodmin jail true and grity would love to see more rooms to come anyone who likes haunted places would love bodmin jail keep up all the good work

    Stephen Moore
  • Just visited Bodmin jail again after visiting a few years ago, what a transformation!!!!
    a huge well done to all who have helped in bringing us more of the secrets from the old jail.
    hugely fascinating and very informative.

    Harvey Room
  • we have been visiting bodmin jail for the last 10 years while visiting tintagel. on each occasion there is some different to see which makes it a new adventure each time.well done and keep us interested.

    david aldridge-rose
  • We visited a couple of weeks ago, sadly the day after the display photographed above was vandalised overnight. We really enjoyed the whole site, and the presentation on the hanging even though it was pouring rain outside.
    Just opposite the display above, on the wall, is an information card talking about 4 prisoners who were sentenced to transportation, including Charles Blight for maliciously wounding a sheep. Charles Blight is my ggg-grandfather, he ended up in the area that is now near Launceston in Tasmania Australia, married Grace Stevens another convict from Cornwall and had 5 children. Sadly the youngest, Emma Amelia, died of scarlet fever as a baby in 1854. I haven’t been able to find any record of Charles after that date, and Grace remarried in 1855 stated as a widow. I believe Charles was the son of Richard Blight and Ann nee Clemmow of Ruan Lanihorn.
    Happy to hear from anyone with a connection to this family,
    Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia

  • visited 3 times over the last 4 years , great place to visit would recommend to anyone – very thought provoking , we have 4/5 unexplained photos even after exploring every avenue with light , damp etc, etc . Please don`t overdo the displays though ,just personal opinion but poss too many mannequins distracting from the rawness of the place from when we 1st visited.
    Gary & Sandra,

    gary parker
  • I visited the jail some years ago, I think it was mid 90`s when a trial (sorry) on doing accomodation and as I was working in the area why not. Wow. I stayed one night as I recall and for the rest of the time stayed in a lovely B&B up the hill past the jail. Many of my friends who came down to visit me at the weekends enjoyed me showing them the jail and I spent many a night enjoying the spirits in the bar with some of the locals, discussing such things like which is the correct direction of crimping on a cornish pasty. quality. My wife and myself are visiting again in May and I am looking forward to re-aquainting myself the jail.


    Stuart Newman
  • We’ve been coming here since our two eldest children were 11 and 9. They are now 36 and 34! Now the Grandchildren are coming, the kids love the scary dank atmosphere. It’s been brilliant to see the changes over the years and we were always sorry when the place closed down for various reasons. Well worth a visit.

    Elaine Venn. Bude.
  • We visited Bodmin Jail on Saturday for a visit and returned again Sunday evening for the Steak night. The place had us totally engrossed in the history, stories and the eerie feeling whilst looking around the old jail, The work that has been done to open to the public is fantastic and we would like to thank the owners for saving this piece of history although gruesome and shocking it gives you a feel of what it was like to be on the wrong side of the law in the last 150 years. We returned for the steak night and had a T-Bone steak which was not only tasty but huge. Thank you for a very interesting visit, well worth every penny we spent and look forward to a return in the near future, maybe more will be open, if possible?
    The only downside to our visit was that 2 families decided to take their dogs, which were allowed in. One peed on a cell wall and the other one had a dump in the cell corridor, whilst the owner managed to find a shopping bag of some description they picked it up leaving a nice damp crap stain on the floor and a smell which made you want to vomit. If you read this (the dog owners) thanks! This did not spoil or visit but I would think about allowing dogs into the attraction. Attraction 10/10

    Rod and Janet Camps

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