Jess is one of our Jail Guides, and has been voted Staff Member of the Month by our lovely visitors.
Always bright and chirpy, with a talent for telling the best stories ‘Miranda Stylie’ Jess is a very knowledgeable member of the Jail team who will enhance your visit with fun and educating tales.
You can find our Jail Guides haunting the different levels of the Jail between 11am – 3pm, Monday – Friday; answering your queries about the Jail’s history, and regaling entertaining stories of previous inmates and their wrong-doings…
Posted: 25th May 2018 By: Tara Jones
Charity Golf Day
‘The Inmates’ had a great day out supporting Bodmin Rotary’s Charity Golf Day; raising funds in aid of research into Motor Neurone Disease.
MND is currently incurable, and is characterised by weakness & wasting of the limbs – it’s a cruel illness, exasperated by the fact that although the limbs, speech or torso may not respond from signals from the brain to operate, the brain remains fully functional. The average life expectancy for the commonest form of MND is 2-5 years from onset of symptoms.
Finishing the day placed 4th out of 40, ‘The Inmates’ have helped give a boost to the MNDAssoc. Cornwall Branch, and to those persons in the County that have to live with the disease.
Well done to all involved!
Posted: 16th May 2018 By: Tara Jones
“I don’t believe in ghosts. That’s something I’ve always told myself and others – partly because I’ve never experienced anything from the paranormal, and partly because the thought of anything ghostly scares me! So when Bodmin Jail, in Cornwall, invited us down for an overnight stay at Britain’s most haunted venue I wasn’t so sure! Staying overnight and exploring a jail I hadn’t visited before, with a group of people I didn’t know, – not quite for me on my first paranormal experience I don’t think.”
Read more about how Rachel copes with her while spending the night in the Jail; one of the UK’s most haunted venues…
Posted: 25th April 2018 By: Tara Jones
We recently received a great review of our After Dark Experience…
“I am writing to say thank you for a wonderful evening, from start to finish; We arrived for a friends 50th birthday treat. We were greeted at the restaurant door by a fab team, both ladies were most helpful, polite and very welcoming. We were seated, and it was explained there were 3 other ladies to join us on our evenings ‘after dark experience’. The atmosphere was lovely in the restaurant. The meal was served and fantastic, I think everyone on the table were surprised how good the food was for the price. I was unsure what wine to have, but the ladies were very kind to advise me on what to have. Very good choice of red wine.
We then were prepared to go for the ‘after dark experience’ – By that I mean coats on and wrap up!!
The evening had begun so well it was going to be a hard act to follow. Once on the tour with Kirsten and Mark, we were made to feel at ease and just have fun. The depth of knowledge Kirsten has on history coupled with the passion for her job, is contagious. It just made for a wonderful evening. Mark also has a depth of knowledge about his area of expertise.
This was an experience my friend had been wanting to do for a few years, and it totally lived up to her dreams.
I thank you and your team for delivering the complete experience.
I must also say I have a recently visually impaired husband, who is very passionate about history, and because your signage information is so large he will love going there. I will be using my 20% off voucher to take him for a special meal, and a tour of the museum beforehand.
Thank you once again for a totally amazing evening and night.”
Pen Davies-Gregory – After Dark participant
Posted: 3rd April 2018 By: Tara Jones
Posted: 28th March 2018 By: Tara Jones
Bodmin Jail – Built in 1779, Rebuilt in 2018
With the unusually high levels of rain and snow we have been experiencing this winter, water is cascading through nearly 5 storeys of this grand old building, and parts of its’ structure are deteriorating rapidly.
The new building works and renovations will stop all this erosion and preserve the structure long past our own lifetimes.
Posted: 27th March 2018 By: Tara Jones
It’s amazing to think that in the space of a month or two we have gone from a sleeping giant to a hive on activity across the Bodmin Jail site.
Watch out for more updates as the snow melts and temperatures rise!
Posted: 20th March 2018 By: Tara Jones
Two Thirds of Britain’s Bat Species can be found at Bodmin Jail.
Fittingly, for an old building steeped in history, Bodmin Jail is much loved by bats.
Of the 17 resident bat species in Britain, Bodmin Jail is home to seven of these (Common Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared, Lesser Horseshoe, Greater Horseshoe, Whiskered, Daubenton’s and Natterer’s).
An additional four species (Nathusius’ Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Barbastelle and Noctule) have been recorded foraging within the immediate environs of the jail, meaning that two thirds of Britain’s bat species occur here!
Photo by Mark Tunmore
The jail is particularly important for its colony of Greater Horseshoe and Lesser Horseshoe bats, including a maternity roost of the latter species. Horseshoe bats are among the rarest of Britain’s bat species, being restricted to south-west England and Wales, and estimated to have declined by 90% during the twentieth century. All of Britain’s bat species are protected by law as a result of their historic declines and threats to their habitats.
The best way to see bats at Bodmin Jail is to keep an eye out just after sunset, when they may be seen foraging around the car park or emerging from buildings; they are also sometimes seen during night walks flying along the corridors of the jail.
If you are lucky enough to encounter a bat during your time at Bodmin Jail don’t be afraid as it won’t harm you and bats don’t get caught in people’s hair as folklore would have us believe. Bats are not blind and their navigational systems allow them to fly fast with pinpoint accuracy, to rival the skills of any RAF pilot. There are no vampire bats in Britain and all our native species feed upon insects – a single pipistrelle bat can eat more than 3000 insects in one night
Bodmin Jail has invested heavily in the construction of an additional bat abode to help secure the future of this colony – a bespoke building, designed with the bat’s welfare in mind; to be an attractive, comfortable, and safe environment in which these fascinating little creatures can thrive.
Further information about bats can be found on the Bat Conservation Trust’s website.
Posted: 14th March 2018 By: Tara Jones
The on-going development of the Jail site has enabled us to add more features to enhance our visitor experience – this month we have introduced:
– every Wednesday night from 8.30pm to the witching hour… take a guided walk through Bodmin Town to view key points & buildings, and hear all about their historical & paranormal links with the Jail, finishing with a Paranormal Tour of the Jail.
– learn about the history of the jail and our plans for the future…
– we now have friendly free-roaming guides within the jail; pass the time of day in the knowledgeable company of Jess & Kirsten and learn more about the jail, its history & future, and its nefarious past residents. We also have personal Guided Tours available to book in advance.
– discover more about the science of paranormal.
Posted: 6th March 2018 By: Tara Jones
As rays of sunlight pierce the broken glass of the cell windows and cast
their warming light deep into the derelict cells, you can’t help but think of
the men that did time in those four cells ripped apart by the demolition
blast of 1930.
One can’t help but also admire the work of the builders who,
some 160 years ago so skillfully built the formidable Civil Wing here at
Robert Goodyear & Sons of Adelaide Street, East Stonehouse in Plymouth,
certainly were master craftsman, and the responsibility of preserving their
work now falls upon another generation of skilled craftsman and stonemasons
to ensure the buildings are here to admire in another 160 years.
Work is underway and scheduled for completion in 2019 – keep watching for
Posted: 5th March 2018 By: Tara Jones