Places to visit in Bodmin
Six Places to visit in walking distance of the town centre
Bodmin is a great town for a day trip because once you have parked your car in one of the town's central car parks, you can really relax because there are six places to visit within walking distance of each other, all of which are nearby the town's local cafes and pubs if you fancy some refreshment along the way.
Starting at the heart of the town is the Shire Hall, the former county courts of Bodmin which now houses, alongside the Visitor Information Centre, the award winning Courtroom Experience visitor attraction where you are invited to act as a member of the jury in a Victorian murder trial, full of conspiracy and intrigue.
Just next door to the Shire Hall is the Bodmin town museum which has some excellent exhibits of Bodmin's history and includes amongst other things a Victorian kitchen, a section on wildlife which is particulalrly popular with young children and a real cell door from spooky Bodmin Jail.
Which leads us on to Bodmin Jail - built originally in 1779, the Jail has five floors of cells and exhibits for you to wander through and learn more about this fascinating building. You may even come across the odd ghost or two as well because Bodmin Jail was featured on Living TVs Most Haunted programme.
Coming back towards the town centre, St Petrocs Church is worth a look - it is the largest Parish Church in Cornwall and as well as having many interesting artefacts to look at and a small giftshop, the church also runs a good programme of events throughout the year like the ever popular Christmas Tree Festival.
About a ten minute walk from the Church you will find the final two attractions. The Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Museum which has some excellent displays of military artefacts with many wars and battles depicted right up until the present day. Virtually opposite the museum is the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway. The train does some lovely trips through the surrounding countryside and is well worth a visit. The railway also holds a number of events from train enthusiast events to family friendly events like its Paddington Bear weekend.
There is a free leaflet all about Bodmin's attractions and places to eat that you can take a look at here or you can request a copy from the Visitor Information Centre.
Last update 11th August 2016