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Dark, dank, gloomy but different
Hundreds take the trip underground to see the cells

The famous Bodmin Jail has people going into its cells everyday.

Thankfully these are tourists interested in discovering the jail's dark past

SEE ALSO
Discover what life is like on Bodmin Moor
FACTS

+ Bodmin Jail dates back to 1776.

+ Public hangings continued until 1862.

+ The Crown Jewels and Doomsday Book were stored at the jail during the Great War.
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If you fancy a day out with a difference then Bodmin Jail is the place for you.

Exhibition at Bodmin Jail
Prisoners were often kept in cramped conditions

The prison dates back to 1776. The public executions were always guaranteed crowd pullers in years gone by.

The hangings retreated behind doors in 1862.

The large 18th century structure towers above you as you drive into the car park. Look closely and you can see faces staring back at you from the old jail windows.

Underground
Gloomy underground passages paint the picture of life in the past at Bodmin Jail

As you enter the jail and walk down the stairs the air begins to cool. The jail doesnt need pyro-technics to enhance the experience, you can sense the past just by walking around.

You can visit the condemned cell and some grisly exhibits telling of the lives and imprisonment of the inmates of Bodmin Jail.

In the stocks
Two women in the stocks ay Bodmin Jail

The last hanging took place as recently as 1909.

The Crown Jewels and Doomsday Book were stored here during the Great War.

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For opening times call Bodmin Jail on 01208 76292



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