This fascinating building, steeped in both social and architectural history, offers guests an amazing insight into Cornish penal life over the centuries.
Visit the cold dank cells, look up at the thin rays of light filtering through a small barred window and imagine being sentenced to even a week in such desolation, a very lonely life with the knowledge each day would bring more of the same cold, hunger and hard labour on the treadmill as a civil prisoner, or “cannon ball” catch for naval prisoners; designed to keep you fit for battle on your release.
See the only working execution pit in the UK. Discovered during renovation works in 2005, the pit has now been restored to its’ full working order, with the able assistance of Gary Ewart, one of the UK’s leading authorities on hanging.
There is plenty to see, do and learn in this fascinating visitor attraction as well as After Dark events for the hardcore jail visitor. You can even enjoy a tasty meal in the Govenors Hall where they enjoy sourcing local, seasonal, fresh produce from well vetted suppliers, who love their food!
Jail Visit – 9.30am til Last entry 6pm
Mon-Sat – 8.30pm Sun
Tea Room – 9.30 til 4.30pm
Restaurant – Noon -til 9pm
Grounds, bar & restuarant FREE
Adults (16+): £10.00
Concessions (65 & over): £8.50
Children 5-15: £7.50 – under 5: FREE
Family (2x adult, 2x Child): £32.00