Bodmin

Bodmin

  • Central location for exploring Cornwall
  • Army Museum & Gaol
  • Steam Railway

Bodmin lies in the centre of Cornwall along the western side of Bodmin Moor. Bodmin is an ancient trading place. It lies on a route that crosses Cornwall North to South called the Saint´s Way. In the past it was sometimes called the Mariner´s Way because merchants from Wales, Ireland and Northern France often crossed Cornwall overland from the Camel to the Fowey estuary rather than pass Lands End by sea.

Bodmin gaol was built in 1776 replacing the old Debtors Prison. A number of executions were carried out there between the late 18th century and the early 20th century. The last hanging happened in 1909. Bodmin gaol finally closed in 1922 but is now open to the public as a museum.

Set within the heart of the town is the 83-acre Beacon Nature Reserve with breath-taking views to moor and coast; a Leisure Centre where you can swim, keep-fit or relax with a steam bath or sauna or do a few rounds at nearby Lanhydrock golf course.

Within easy walking distance of Mount Folly which is Bodmin´s centre, there are seven fascinating attractions - the Shire Hall, Courtroom Experience; Bodmin and Wenford Railway, the DCLI Military Museum, the old home of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry; Town Museum; Bodmin Jail, the largest parish church in Cornwall, St Petroc´s, and of course the Camel Trail which is great for walkers and cyclists..

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Bodmin and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

Within a two miles radius of the town you can take a day out and discover the grand Georgian Houses of Pencarrow and Lanhydrock,- both set in lush gardens and woods or visit the famous Camel Valley Vineyard and taste their award-winning wines. Highly recommended.

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