Please note that the Attraction is now closed for 6 months to allow for construction to finish on the new experience which re-opens Summer 2020. We are unable to take any school visits during this time but please contact our Education Team on 01208 76292 or email for more information or to make a  forward booking.

Bodmin Jail has to be one of the best untapped learning resources in the County;  one of the most useful places for teaching staff and students to visit, and it’s right on your doorstep!

Established in 1779, its rich history offers an ability to chart not only the architectural evolution of the buildings, but the entire penal system, changes in Law, Monarchy, wars, transport, and the economy; thus offering one of the richest relevant place-based learning resources available today.

From basic history to in-depth research, design and spatial planning, creative writing, a journey through justice, script writing, and much more we are able to offer teachers a range of contextual learning packages that are relevant and linking into today’s demanding curriculum requirements – including ‘Inspire’.

Our aim is not only to preserve and re-tell the story behind the Jail’s rich heritage, but to inspire the next generation of historians, novelists, designers, engineers and film makers; to give that little spark that may just launch a brilliant career.

Teaching staff should contact our Education Team via or call 01208 76292, to seek advice on the types of tour and resources that are currently available.

Available to download:

Book of Execution

The Executioners

John Foulston – The Plymouth Connection

Learning Accreditations


  • Creative Writing
  • Mini history

Post GCSE – A Level

  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • The Victorians – Evolution & Progress
  • Design & Architecture
  • Justice System
  • Crime & Punishment – (Greater Detail)
  • Film Making/Media Studies


  • Stuck for motivation/inspiration?
  • Need 1:1 assistance with a project?
  • Home Educator?
  • Special needs education?
  • Email
Within the core curriculum

  • ‘Citizenship’ – and the sub-section within dealing with ‘Crime & Punishment’
  • Good, Bad and The Ugly – Inspire Curriculum Yr 4’s
  • Creative Writing
  • The Victorians – Evolution & Progress

University & Post-grad

  • Social History
  • The Victorian’s – Evolution, Progress & the Economy
  • Design/Architecture & Spatial Planning
    Justice System
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Film Making


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