Bodmin - map

Bodmin - map

One of Cornwall’s oldest towns, Bodmin has had its fair share of trail blazing moments. The Cornish Rebellion started here in 1497 when 15,000 Cornishmen marched on London. It was in Bodmin that the pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck was proclaimed King Richard IV in the same year, and another uprising in 1549 saw Bodmin at the centre of the Prayer Book Rebellion. Today the town is somewhat more tranquil and its imposing granite buildings reflect the town’s importance during the tin mining boom in the 19th century and its position as the former administrative centre of Cornwall. A quick walk around Bodmin reveals the old county courtroom which is now a unique visitor attraction, the imposing and eerie county jail, renowned for its ghosts, and the 15th Century church of St Petroc, the largest parish church in the county.

Cycle to the coast on The Camel Trail. Most people do the shorter and easier route along the cycle and walking path to Padstow from Wadebridge, so why not stretch your legs a bit and start in Bodmin? (22 mile round trip) You can hire bikes locally from £12 a day. Solve a Victorian crime at the Courtroom Experience at the Shire Hall in the town centre. Attend the re-enactment of the trial of Matthew Weekes who stood accused of murder back in 1844. Did he really do it? You decide. Session run hourly from 11:00am. Military buffs can take pay a visit to the evocative Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum charting the regiment’s illustrious history from 1702 to WW2.  Step back in time to the ghoulish days of crime and punishment at Bodmin jail, once the county’s high security prison where the last execution took place in 1909. There's a self-guided tour of the underground cells and museum for any brave kids and families.