Get under the skin of Bodmin Jail with an in-depth and personal historical tour through this truly unique and atmospheric building.
Bodmin Jail’s Guided Heritage Tour is one of our most popular tours, steeped in history and suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Bodmin Jail is an excellent example of the ingenuity and engineering prowess of Victorian architects. Designed by Sir John Call and built in 1779, Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III and features incredible vaulted ceilings and striking carved wood panelling, complete with a heating and cooling system that was unprecedented for its time.
Our guided prison tour gives you a deeper insight into what life was like behind bars in the 18th and 19th century, and how the prison came to be. Visit the infamous Execution Pit, restored to full working condition and the only working execution pit in the UK.
Step back in time and learn about the various criminals who were hanged from its gallows, including Selina Wadge, one of only four women to be hanged in the jail, and William Hampton, who was the last person to be executed by hanging in Cornwall.