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The Courtroom Experience

The 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.

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!

Contact Details

Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ

Tel: +44 (0)1208 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
Adult£3.95 per ticket
Child£2.50 per ticket
Concession£2.95 per ticket
Family 2+3 or 1+4£10.95 per ticket

Group rates available for 10+ people, please phone for details

Opening Times

2 Jan 2017 - 24 Dec 2017

* November - Easter ~ Monday-Friday 11.00am - 4.00pm on the hour
Easter Saturday to the end of October half-term ~ Monday-Saturday 113.00am-4.00pm
Occasional lunchtime closing ~ please ring if you are making a special journey



  • Accept Children over 7

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing Loop in Courtroom
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - limited spaces available
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Behind the Shire Hall in Shoppers Car park or over the road in Priory Car park


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Fairtrade Coffee plus tea and hot chocolate available in foyer, cakes and biscuits available too.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Allow minimum of an hour for your visit but if you enjoy 'written information' you could spend longer as research has been done into the Victorian penal and juidicial services and presented on 'information boards'.
  • Maestro accepted - Minimum spend £5
  • MasterCard accepted - Minimum spend £5
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted - Minimum spend £5

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Road Directions

From Exeter take the A30 west via Okehampton & Launceston to Bodmin

From Torbay, Plymouth take the A38 west to Bodmin
From south east Cornwall including Looe take the A38 west to Bodmin

From west Cornwall take the A30 east

From north Cornwall take the A39 to Wadebridge then the A389 to Bodmin

then follow the brown tourist signs to the Shire Hall and Tourist Information Centre.

For your Sat Nav use postcode PL31 2DQ.

Public Transport Directions

From Padstow and Wadebridge take the 555 bus.

From St Austell take the 529 bus.

From Truro, Newquay and Plymouth take the 593 bus.

By train take the mainline train to Bodmin Parkway and pick up a connecting service 555 bus or steam train to Bodmin.