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September 30, 2020

The Bodmin Jail Experience

by Abi Purvis

“The past comes back to life” claims the all new Bodmin jail experience which is welcoming modern visitors to uncover Cornwall’s secrets as they wander through grimy cells and spooky exhibits.

On the edge of Bodmin Moor, the chilling 17th and 18th century working prison is welcoming 21st century visitors through its high walls and into its cells from October 1st.

Reopening with new modern technology for the first time since it closed in 1927, the prison that was built in 1779 will offer full immersion for visitors. The cinematic effects will delve them into a first-hand experience of the gruelling life in the eerie jail.

Thrilling exhibits

The historic Victorian jail features frightening exhibits including; the ‘Execution Hanging Pit’ which saw 55 prisoners last footsteps, and the ‘Naval Wing’ which contains prison cells and tells of the punishment’s prisoners received at the time, and the cinematic ‘Dark Walk’.

The ‘Dark Walk’ will enable visitors to discover Cornwall’s once hidden past, as the theatrical effects of the all seek to set the scene and submerge visitors into life behind bars: “The ‘Dark Walk’ will tell stories of smuggling, mining and the everyday hardships facing Cornwall’s poorest, including tales from infamous prisoners.”

The ‘Dark Walk’ is a new £8.5 million investment into the prison that makes Bodmin jail 2020’s biggest opening attraction – it’s not one to be missed.


There are various tours available at Bodmin Jail throughout of the day.

The unique tours are perfect for thrill seekers looking for a more immersive and frightening experience.

2020 tours available are:

  • Guided tours
  • Paranormal tours
  • Scary cinema
  • After dark experiences
  • Bodmin Town and Jail Heritage Ghost Walks

Bodmin Jail Hotel

The hotel is currently being built so will be available for visitors who want to further their experience in February 2021 with a great Staycaytion.

The spectacular transformation of the once crumbling walls in the Grade II building, will house 70 rooms and even a bat sanctuary.

Rooms will weave original jail features with modern cosy furnishings to make a comfortable old and new style overnight stay. The bathrooms are equipped to rest your legs and feet after exploring the jail and area, with a deep free standing bath and a walk in shower.

Or if you prefer a drink to unwind and relax, then make sure to visit the redesigned Governors Office which holds a grand cocktail bar.


Ticket prices start at £12.50 per person, and are available to pre book now.

You can buy tickets here:

The once abandoned Cornish jail now grants visitors a historically enlightening and chilling experience –it is sure to thrill you this Halloween.

Category: Things to do

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