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The Courtroom Experience

Courtroom Experience

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Type: Heritage/Visitor Centre

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

On the 2 August 1844, farmhand Matthew Weeks came to trial at Bodmin Assizses in the Shire Hall for the murder of young Charlotte Dymond.

In the Courthouse in which Matthew was tried you watch a 30 minute re-enactment - before the historic verdict is returned - you have the chance to vote, was Matthew ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty'?

Next it’s down to the holding cells, where in the chilly air, you can almost sense the ghosts of anxious prisoners awaiting their fate.

Also don't miss a chance to visit our giftshop and keep an eye out for our special events.

Contact Details

Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ

Tel: +44 01208 76616


  • Regional and MiscellaneousVisitCornwall Tourism Awards - Bronze Small Visitor Attraction of the Year VisitCornwall Tourism Awards - Bronze Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2 Adults & 3 Children£10.95 per ticket
Adult Ticket£3.95 per ticket
Child Ticket - 5 to16£2.50 per ticket
Concession£2.95 per ticket

Concession rates available for groups of 10+

Opening Times

2 Jan 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 Jan 2018 - 22 Dec 2018

* November - February 11:00 - 13:00 Monday - Friday
March - May and October 11:00- 15:00 Monday - Saturday
June - September 11:00-16:00 Monday - Saturday
Closed between Christmas and New Year.



  • Accept Children over 7
  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 01:00
  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop.
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print transcript available
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Event Venue
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Road Directions

Please note that Bodmin is currently undergoing significant road improvements therefore, there are diversions in place.  Please follow the diversion signs for Bodmin town and parking.  If you would like any advice on getting here, please give our staff a call on 01208 76616 and press option 1.

Nearest major road is A30. Take the Bodmin slip road and follow signs to town centre. At mini-roundabout beside church (St Petroc's), turn left and go up a slight hill to a set of traffic lights. The Shire Hall is on your right with a granite paved area in front. Go through the traffic lights and immediately turn left into Priory Car Park.

Public Transport Directions


From Plymouth, Liskeard, Wadebridge and Padstow - Go Cornwall Bus No.11a

From Truro, St Austell and Lanivet - First Kernow Bus No.27


Bodmin Parkway is on the main Paddington to Penzance line and the Go Cornwall Bus No.11a calls into the station, please note this is approx 3 miles from the town centre.

Alternatively, throughout the summer season you may be able to arrange your journey to link up with Bodmin and Wenford Railway, which connects Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General (about a 10 min walk downhill from the Shire Hall). Mainly steam engine hauled but occasionally diesel.