King George III ordered the original Bodmin Jail to be built in 1779. However, the prisoners themselves built the current structure, carrying 20,000 tons of granite from Cuckoo Quarry. Today Bodmin is one of Cornwall’s spookiest attractions, featuring dark cells with barred windows.
Frightening and Educational
Along with the prisoners’ cells, Bodmin has the only working execution pit in the United Kingdom. Visitors can learn about the 8-foot drop that sent noosed prisoners to their deaths–morbid, perhaps, but interesting. Bodmin offers regular tours, as well as After Dark tours for the bravest souls.
Bodmin hosts various events for the holidays, and sometimes bands come to play. The website calendar has more details about upcoming events. Guests can dine in the gothic Governor’s Hall of the jail, where they serve a local menu cooked with seasonal ingredients.