World-class attraction Bodmin Jail, now open


One of Cornwall’s most historic sites, Bodmin Jail, re-opened on 1st October 2020, featuring a brand-new Dark Walk experience.

The unveiling marks the biggest attraction opening for 2020 in the South West and follows an £8.5 million re-development to offer an awe-inspiring experience that will wow visitors and keep them talking for a long time afterwards.

Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest theatrical effects, the Dark Walk - a major addition to the attraction and the first of its kind in the region – treats visitors to a truly immersive and interactive discovery of Cornwall’s most haunting histories. Stories of Cornwall’s murky pastareretold and visitors are transported to life within the walls of the 18th century prison where they can learnthegritty reality of smuggling, mining and the everyday hardships of the jail’s most infamous prisoners.

The experience also offers the chance to be immersed in the courtroom scene of three real-life prisoners and visitors can walk in the footsteps of wardens and inmates along the original jail corridors and go behind bars for a taste of life in the grimy cells. If that wasn’t chilling enough, Bodmin Jail is also home to the only working execution pit in the countryand delves into the myth of the terrifying Bodmin Beast

Built in 1779 for King George III, Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold re-development brings it to life with an irresistible balance of intrigue, surprise and hands-on learning.

For maximum enjoyment and experience, self-guided tours of the attraction are available in timed entry slots at regular intervals throughout the day, seven days a week. To really get under the skin of the historic attraction, in-depth guided tours are also on offer with heritage and paranormal options, as well an all-night After Dark experience. To enable social distancing and visitor comfort the attraction has reopened with reduced capacity. Tickets prices start at £15 per person.  

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The Bodmin Jail Hotel:
As part of the wider £40 million investment in Bodmin Jail, a 4-star 70 room boutique hotel, which is due to open in Spring 2021, is also being built within the walls of the Grade II listed building, retaining many original features. The Bodmin Jail Hotel Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mallino Developments Limited and will be operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (


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