Unlock Cornwall's Dark History

Built in 1779 Bodmin Jail is a landmark historical site in the heart of Cornwall. Showcasing the rich and darkly fascinating legacy of Georgian and Victorian crime and punishment, the jail is an immersive, world class experience for all the family. Award-winning heritage tours, paranormal experiences and self-guided entry provide a unique pathway to the past.

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Winner of Best Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year - 2021 National AV Awards

Winner of Visit England's 'Best Told Story' Accolade for two years running 2021/2022




Visiting the Prison

History is for everyone. Whether you are looking for standard entry, heritage tours or paranormal events we offer an immersive, unforgettable, world-class journey to the past. Your experience is waiting.

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From the crimes to the courthouse and gallows to the grave, Bodmin Jail provides a unique opportunity to get up close to the Georgians and the Victorians. Arsenic poisoners to arsonists, murderers to mutinous hanging crowds, Bodmin Jail’s Guided Heritage Tour is one of our most popular tours, steeped in history and suitable for the whole family.

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Offering a range of paranormal tours and events, Bodmin Jail gives you the opportunity to explore the dark side of this outstanding building and its former residents. From Cinema Fright Nights to the infamous Ghost Hunting events, there is something for all souls.

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The History of Bodmin Jail

Built in 1779 for King George III, Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold re-development gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history.  Learn more about the fascinating History of Bodmin Jail.

The Cornwall Heritage Trust School Transport Grant

The largest cost involved in a School visit is often the cost of coach hire and therefore Bodmin Jail is extremely excited to announce that The Cornwall Heritage Trust School Transport Grant is available for Primary Schools wishing to visit Bodmin Jail to learn about The Jail and it place in Cornwall’s Heritage.

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