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Courtroom Experience

 Shire Hall, Bodmin

When in Bodmin, you mustn't miss a visit to the Shire Hall's Courtroom Experience. 

What is it about

Opening Hours


How to get there

The Shire Hall was the County Assizes up until 1988.  Today, visitors can act as a member of the jury in the creation of a Victorian murder trial that actually took place in Shire Hall. 

In 1844 on the wind-swept slopes of Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor, the body of a local girl Charlotte Dymond was found.  Her murder has intrigued ever since. 

Visitors must watch the evidence before them and decide whether they believe Matthew Weeks, the accused, is guilty or not guilty?

Afterwards visitors are taken on a tour of the original holding cells where Matthew and others would have awaited their fate...transportation, hard labour or death by hanging!

Opening hours

The Courtroom Experience is open all year round.  Sessions run from 11am and are hourly throughout the day.  We are open Monday to Friday all year round and Saturdays from March to end of October.  Please note we are closed on Sundays.  Take a look here for full details and dates of our openings.   Alternatively, please contact us on 01208 76616 and press option 1 to find out what showings we are offering on the day that you would like to visit. 

Ticket prices

Adults £3.95

Concessions(seniors, students) £2.95

Children £2.50

Family £10.95

Group rates available by request

More Information

To arrive by bus ~ There are direct buses to Bodmin from Wadebridge, St Austell and connecting buses from most other major towns.  Ask for Mount Folly bus stop and you'll be dropped right outside Shire Hall. 

To arrive by train ~ Bodmin Parkway mainline station is three miles outside of Bodmin.  Take the Plymouth Citybus 11a service to get into the town centre. 

By car ~ Take the A30 to Bodmin and follow the brown signs to Shire Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.  For satellite navigation the post code is PL31 2DQ.   

For more information please visit    or contact us on 01208 76616 or by email


Last update 17th May 2017

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