Bodmin

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Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor, c Matt Jessop
Shire Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall
Bodmin Station, Cornwall
Bodmin Jail, Cornwall
Bodmin Town Centre, Cornwall
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Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Discover Bodmin

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 beautiful landscape that is Bodmin Moor 
  • Six fantastic attractions in walking distance from the town centre 

Things to do in Bodmin

  • 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 your 22 mile round trip in Bodmin? 
  • 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 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. Sessions run hourly from 11:00 
  • Enjoy a picnic at Delphi Bridge, a secluded spot near St Breward on Bodmin Moor; listen out for the DeLank River forming 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 the county’s high security prison where the last execution took place in 1909 
  • 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
  • Have a picnic up on Bodmin Beacon a 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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Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
Explore Bodmin Keep, authentic Grade II listed Victorian Army Keep in the heart of Cornwall. Discover 300 years of Cornish military life. Dog friendly, special events and family friendly activities all year round.

Cornwall
We make premium quality, limited production wines from grapes grown in English vineyards and our own Cornish vines at Portscatho and Seaton. Our selection includes still and sparkling wines of red, white and rose varieties, plus our unique Cornish Vermouth. 

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants quarters, gardens and a wooded estate.

Cornwall
The Copper Trail is a walking route on Bodmin Moor. In total the walk is approximately 60 miles in length, passing through the many and varied landscapes and villages on the moor. 

Cornwall
Full of legend, mystery, romance and even, according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit, Jamaica Inn in Bolventor nr Launceston,  is set in one of the most evocative moorland locations in Britain.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
The Courtroom Experience is an interactive, guided tour of the original country courts of Cornwall. During the tour you become the jury on a Victorian murder trial.  You get to decide if the accused is guilty or not?

Cornwall
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway - Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives.

Cornwall
Award winning Camel Valley Vineyard, in Bodmin, Cornwall, produces red, white and sparkling wines. Tours, tastings, wine by the bottle or glass are available.

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