Visitor Information

Bodmin Jail remains open to the public as one of Cornwall’s favourite historic attractions until 4th November 2019, allowing visitors a chance to visit 7 days a week, come rain or shine. Our knowledgeable Jail Guides will continue to patrol the exhibits, bringing to life stories of previous residents and the history of the jail.

Some exhibits may be of a sensitive nature for the younger generation and we advise parental guidance.

Please note that Bodmin Jail will close its doors for a 6-month period from 4th November 2019 to allow for construction to finish on the on-going £40 million re-development and preservation project that is set to restore this important heritage asset to its former glory.

The restaurant and gift shop will remain open for diners and pre-booked events only until 1st December 2019. During the closure, all special events, including all After Dark Paranormal Events, will be suspended, returning with a new lease of life in May 2020.

NEW FOR 2020!

On the 1st May 2020, the brand new and exciting £8.5million immersive Bodmin Jail visitor experience will re-open with the introduction of a new ‘Dark Walk’ and a complete rehaul of the existing attraction.

Four linked experiences will take visitors on a route through an interactive, educational, fun and punishing depiction of life in the 18th and 19th century and provide them with entertaining and informative history of the region, the jail and its former inmates. Ghostly voices from Cornwall’s murky past will appear alongside highway robbers, smugglers, miners and tales of the Bodmin Beast, using the latest technology and theatrical effects to allow visitors to experience the life and death within the prison walls and Cornwall as a whole.

Opening times

Our Jail Exhibition, Tearoom, and Gift Shop are open 7 days a week from 9:30am until 6pm (until 4th November 2019)
Our fully licensed Governors Hall Restaurant serves food from noon until 9pm (until 1st December 2019)

The Jail will also be closed to the public on Thursday 31st October 2019 for a Private Function. All other ticketed events & bookings will go ahead as scheduled.

Getting to Bodmin Jail

By CAR: Type PL31 2PY into your Sat Nav to find Bodmin Jail.

By BUS: The local bus route will not take you directly the Jail, but drop-off in Bodmin Town; an easy 10-minute stroll away. Check bus times with First Group and please note that buses are only frequent in high season.

By TRAIN: Bodmin Parkway is on the mainline through Cornwall and is situated 4-miles outside of Bodmin Town. You will need to catch a bus or arrange a taxi for the journey from station to Jail/ Bodmin Town.

By BICYCLE: The Jail is situated along the popular Camel Trail cycle route which runs from Padstow, through Wadebridge to Bodmin Town centre.


We only allow disabled Blue Badge parking onsite; spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Public parking is available within the Bodmin Town Car Parks just a short stroll away.

Bodmin Car Park Map

Priory Car Park – PL31 2DQ – Priory Car Park is a Pay and Display car park for approximately 150 cars with additional spaces adjacent to the Football Club, 14 min walk.

Dennison Road Car Park – PL31 2LL – Pay and display, short stay car park with 62 spaces, 8 min walk.

Fore Street Car Park – PL31 2DB – Pay and display with both long and short term car parking, 16 min walk.

We recommend that all coaches drop-off and pick-up at the bottom of the hill, below the Jail – coach parking can be found at Priory Car Park – PL31 2DQ


The Jail is a ‘Dog Friendly’ attraction; well behaved dogs are allowed throughout the Exhibition, Gift Shop, and Tea Room, but not in our Governors Hall Restaurant. We find 11.30am – 3pm is our busiest time during July & August, so you may want to consider this when planning your day out with your four-legged friend.


Regrettably, due to the constraints of the building, we are not a wheelchair or pushchair friendly venue, and those with impaired mobility may also find access to some areas difficult. There are chairs situated on each floor for you to sit down and rest, and customers are welcome to come and have a break in the Tearoom throughout their visit: our Jail Team are on-hand to assist should you need help. We would recommend calling us in advance to discuss your requirements, and please read our   Access Within Bodmin Jail  , which may help you to plan your day.


All are welcome at Bodmin Jail – come and enjoy a walk round the outside of the Jail, see the only working execution pit in the UK, and our stables gift shop without charge. For a more in depth look, and to experience our visitor attraction, please see the prices below. All funds generated at the Jail go to the renovation of this important historic building.

Tickets can now be booked in advance of your visit should you wish to, but not compulsory!

Adult (16+) £10.00 | Children 5-15 £7.50 | Children under 5 FREE | Concessions (65 and over) £8.50 | Family Ticket – (2 Adults, 2 Children) £32.00

Contact us:

  • +44 (0)1208 76292
  • Bodmin Jail, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2NR

Please use the following postcode in your

SAT NAV device: PL31 2PY

Opening Times

Jail Visit  9.30am – 6pm
Tea Room & Gift Shop  9.30am – 6pm
Restaurant  Noon – 9pm
Blue Badge parking only.
JAIL CLOSED for six months from 4th Nov 2019 more info

Jail Visits: Adults (16+): £10.00
Concessions (65 & over): £8.50
Children 5-15: £7.50 – under 5: FREE
Family (2x adult, 2x Child): £32.00
Please note: we are not a wheelchair, or pushchair friendly venue.  VISITOR INFORMATION

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