School Trips

Bodmin Jail is one of the best school trip destinations and untapped learning resources in the county of Cornwall; one of the most useful places for teaching staff and students to visit, it's a fantastic educational trip experience and its right on your doorstep! 


Established in 1779, Bodmin Jail's 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.

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 filling out an enquiry form, emailing or call 01208 76292, to seek advice on the types of tour and resources that are currently available.


"We felt really well looked after and the tour itself was excellent. Our Tour Guide was incredibly enthusiastic and had a great rapport with the group. They learned so much from her. The picnic facilities for lunch were great, it was nice that we were in a separate area away from the public. We all had a great day, and it was a perfect way to deepen our understanding of the learning that has been taking place in the classroom. We would definitely like to visit again when we re-visit the topic." 

- Mount Hawke Academy 

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Bodmin Jail school tours cover a wide variety of educational topics and the curriculum to support your learning to bring the subject to life.  We believe in learning outside of the classroom and we can tailor your visit to ensure your learning outcomes are covered, we'd be happy to discuss your requirements before your visit.

  • Junior
    • Creative Writing
    • Mini History

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

  • Post GCSE - A Level
    • Creative Writing
    • Drama
    • The Victorians – Evolution and Progress
    • Design and Architecture
    • Justice System
    • Crime and Punishment – (Greater Detail)
    • Film Making/Media Studies

  • University and Post Grad
    • Social History
    • The Victorians – Evolution, Progress and the Economy
    • Design/Architecture and Spatial Planning
    • Justice System
    • Criminal Psychology
    • Film Making

If you're stuck for motivation or inspiration, just need some 1:1 assistance with a home project or you're a home educator or special needs educator, please feel free to contact our History & Education Manager Chris who would be happy to help


We have comprehensive resources available for you to use in your teaching, please click on the below links to view and to download.

The Executioners Of Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail has a dark and often gruesome history. 55 executions took place within its formidable walls; some for what we today would call petty offences, others for crimes such as rape, murder and stealing. 

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Book Of Executions

On the 28th of May 1813, Elizabeth Osborne went out at night with just one purpose in mind, and that was to exact revenge on her former employer John Lobb. 

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John Foulston and The Plymouth Connection

John Foulston was appointed as Plymouth's first Town Architect in 1810.

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