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Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail

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Type: Museum

Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779; today’s jail 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 six 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.

Paranormal Evenings:

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.

Scary Cinema Nights:

Are you brave enough join us in watching a horror classic, then tour the Jail after dark?

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.


Enjoy a ‘real’ coffee, traditional Cornish cream tea, or light-bite in our newly refurbished Tea Room, or choose from our substantial menu in Governors Hall licensed restaurant. Our brigade of chefs will tickle your taste buds with a wide range of homemade, freshly prepared goodies; there’s something for everyone. Many dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for with advanced notice.

Our new Breakfast Menu will be available from 1st May 2017 and served from 9.30am – noon on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Bodmin Jail is a ‘Dog Friendly’ attraction. Well behaved dogs are welcome on short leads around site and in our Tea Room, but not in the Governors Hall Restaurant. There is also plenty of outside seating areas.


Regrettably, due to the constraints of the building, we are not a wheelchair-friendly venue, and those with impaired mobility may also find access to some areas difficult. We would recommend calling us in advance to discuss your requirements.

Room Hire:

This formidable building is rich in social history and can be hired for Private Functions, Conferences, Civil Ceremonies, Weddings, Live Music, and Entertainment Events.


Contact Details

Berrycombe Road
PL31 2NR

Tel: +44 01208 76292

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.00 per ticket
Children 5 - 15*£7.50 per ticket
Family (2+2)£32.00 per ticket
Senior Citizens (65+)£8.50 per ticket

Please note there are no printed tickets. You will be sent an email confirmation so please ensure that your email address is correct as you will need this to hand in to Bodmin Jail when you arrive as proof as purchase.
*Under 5's FREE

Opening Times

1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018

* Open 7 days a week, all year.
Closed Christmas Day
Jail Exhibition, Gift Shop, and Tea Room
open 9.30am – 6pm (31st Aug – 31st April)
open 9.30am – 8pm (1st May – 1st Sept)
Governors Hall Restaurant & Bar serving food from noon – 9pm


Key Features

  • Haunted
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year
  • Wedding Venue

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Related Events

Thursday, 3rd May 2018 - Thursday, 27th December 2018

Scary Cinema Nights at Bodmin Jail
more info

Road Directions

From A30 take the Bodmin slip road. Continue into Bodmin passing Morrisons supermarket on your right hand side. Go straight ahead at the mini round about and proceed to a second mini-roundabout by the large parish church, St Petrocs. Take the second exit here and follow this road - Dennison Road - for approximately a quarter of a mile. Turn right, opposite Topps Tiles into Berrycombe Road. Follow this road, passing the rear of Sainsburys supermarket on your left and the fire station on your left. The entrance to Bodmin Jail is about 100 yards along on the right hand side. For satellite navigation systems use the postcode PL31 2NR.