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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 Rough Tor, 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 the Shire Hall for the murder of young Charlotte Dymond.

In the very courtroom in which Matthew was tried you watch a 30 min re-enactment - and before the historic verdict is pronounced - you have the chance to vote 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 Cornish craft giftshop and keep an eye out for our special events.

Contact Details

Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ

Tel: +44 01208 76616

Fax: +44 01208 75466


  • 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 Aduts & 3 Children£10.00 per ticket
Adult Ticket£3.75 per ticket
Child Ticket - 5 to 16£2.25 per ticket
Concession£2.75 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

4 Jan 2017 - 23 Dec 2017

* November - February 11:00 - 13:00 Monday - Friday
March - October 11:00- 16:00 Monday - Saturday



  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • 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

  • Accept Children Over 3
  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 01:00
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • 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

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

Nearest station is Bodmin Parkway. Take the no.555 bus into Bodmin and ask to get off at Mount Folly, which is directly beside the Shire Hall.