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.
Reasons to visit Bodmin
- Steeped in history
- Brilliant walking – Join ‘The Saints Way’ trail, a coast to coast walk from Padstow to Fowey
- Centrally located in the heart of Cornwall
- Close to the rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor
- Six fantastic attractions in walking distance from the town centre
Things to do in Bodmin
- Bodmin is Cornwall's cycle hub. From here you can cycle to the coast on The Camel Trail, or take a shorter route out towards Bodmin Moor.
- Head to Cardinham woods, situated on the outskirts of Bodmin where you will find four marked trails to choose from perfect for cycling or walking, a wooden play area to keep the kids entertained and a river to paddle in throughout the warmer months
- Solve a Victorian murder trial 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. Sessions run hourly throughout the day.
- Enjoy a picnic at Delphi Bridge, a secluded spot near St Breward on Bodmin Moor where the DeLank River forms pools of water perfect for paddling.
- Get steamed up at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s only full size working steam railway which takes you on a nostalgic journey through the rolling countryside
- Explore Bodmin Keep, home of the evocative Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, and discover the illustrious history of the Light Infantry from 1702 to 2007. Open all year
- Step back in time to the ghoulish days of crime and punishment at Bodmin Jail, once Cornwall's high security prison where the last execution took place in 1909
- Discover Lanhydrock House, the National Trust's grand Victorian house set in stunning grounds just outside the town.
- There are a total of seven Holy Wells dotted around Bodmin Town that in times gone by were visited by devotees in search of health and omens. Search them out as you explore the town. There's also a cycling route that visits the local church's.
- Have a picnic up on Bodmin Beacon, the hill situated high above the town. Presided over by a 144 feet tall obelisk in memory of 19th century military commander Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, the area around the Beacon is now a nature reserve with outstanding panoramic views over the Cornish countryside
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