Bodmin Jail is steeped in both social and architectural history, offers guests an amazing insight into Cornish penal life over the centuries.
The Jail Attraction is now closed until October 2020.
Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational adventure, and just a little bit scary! Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779; the Jail you see today was built with the help of the prisoners who brought 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s Cuckoo Quarry. Visitors can wander through the depths of the Jail, over five levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall. Marvel at the building’s unique design, architecture, and engineering; from the inspired heating and cooling systems constructed to keep the Jail environment comfortable, to the striking carved wood paneling and period features of the Old Chapel; now housing our popular Governors Hall restaurant.
Do you dare to spend a night in the UK’s most haunted location? After Dark packages are available for over 18’s only. Check out our website for details and dates.
Are you brave enough join us in watching a horror classic, then tour the Jail after dark? Scary Cinema Nights held every Thursday 9pm - 1am. Yes...that's right...1am!Watch a scary movie within the atmospheric surroundings of Bodmin Jail, before taking a tour around the Jail with our Resident Medium to discover the past, and other worldly, residents of this historic building. Over 18’s only due to the film and tour content. Call us, or book online via our website.