Take Your Kids to Jail

Bring the kids to Bodmin Jail!

Why Bodmin Jail?

Do your kids have a passion for history?  Engage them with the past at Bodmin Jail, the home of immersive heritage.  Following an £8.5 million investment, we can transport your family to the Georgian and Victorian eras, show-casing the fascinating changes to true crime and punishment over a 250 years.


Jail Entry (Self-Guided)


With family standard entry tickets on offer, you can explore the prison and its past at your own pace. Bodmin Jail is an experience that children and adults will never forget. A mix of entertainment and history, your children will come away with memories they will not forget.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This is because of the very real effects, loud noises, and stories that are part of the show. The experience takes around 90 minutes and we have staff all the way to help and guide you.

Child tickets for Jail Entry ar £13.50 with Infants 0-4 years being free of charge.

*Please note the existing building has some narrow, original doorways that are 75cm wide. This should accommodate standard size prams. However, visitors with wide prams should contact the attraction before visiting to discuss individual needs. We also have a buggy park at our entrance.


Junior Jailers

If your little ones have a real passion for histroy, you can join one of our amazing Heritage Guides on the Junior Jailers Tour.  Running during school holidays on Saturdays at 10.30, this 1.5 hour tour is designed with kids in mind, presenting our world-class history in a cool and engaging way.

Our Heritage Guides have won the VisitEngland ‘Best Told Story’ award and are winners in Cornwall Tourism Awards.  See what some of our guests think:

“We loved it. Very informative for the kids but also good humour for the adults. Tour guides were excellent!!!!” - Flyer472034

“Great place, we took our daughter and went on the Junior jailers tour. Our daughter enjoyed it a lot and so did we.” - Kev W

“We did the junior jailer tour this morning and it was excellent, I would highly recommend for children. Very interactive and the tour guide was very involving which the kids enjoyed.” - Gemma 

Find out more about out Junior Jailers Tour here



Teenagers? No Problem!

If you're looking for something a little different for teens, you may find some of our evening events will keep them entertained...

Ghost Walk

Experience Cornwall’s haunted history in our entertaining, story-telling, ghost walk. Travel with your Paranormal guides through the dark walk and original prison buildings, get insight into our other-worldly residents, and discover what goes bump in the night at one of the UK’s most haunted sites.

For 12+ years (under 18's must be accompanied by an adult) Wednesdays & Thursdays at 6:30pm & 8:30pm.

Find out more info here

Lights Out!                                                          

‘Lights Out!’ is the South West's newest Scare Attraction. Guests will be whisked away on a tour of the building that goes, horribly, wrong. A visit like no other. Because tonight, the attraction truly comes to chaotic life with terrifying consequences. Are you brave enough to face your fears? Because it's time for 'Lights Out!’.


For 14+ years (under 18's must be accompanied by an adult) Fridays & Saturdays every 10 mins between 6:30pm & 7:50pm.

Find out more info here


Rumbling Tummies & Pocket Money

Dining on-site

When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, look no further than our Jolly Hangman restaurant! Sitting in the middle of our Victorian courtyard, your family can sit in the Cornish sunshine or enjoy a cosy meal by the fire.

Gift Shop

If your little ones are itching to spend their pocket money, our Gift Shop has a wide range of souvenirs, clothing and toys so your family can remeber your trip for years to come!


Home Schooling

If you home school your little ones, then Bodmin Jail is the perfect place to visit to learn all about Crime & Punishment! Either self-guided entry or a Guided Tour will help your children learn a better understanding of this subject. If you would like any advice or free work-sheets, please contact our Heritage & Eduation manager: bex.hedges@bodminjailattraction.co.uk