Bodmin Jail is a creepy Cornwall attraction and a fascinating museum, so if the spooky stories of haunting and ghosts that surround it don’t put you off we’d recommend a visit. The jail was constructed by its unfortunate prisoners using 20,000 tons of granite from a nearby quarry and it's one of Dartmoor's most interesting sites..
In fact, its walls are so safe that the Crown Jewels, and the Domesday Book have been stored within them during its history too. Now a family attraction for all weathers, the jail includes original cells from the former civil and naval prison (which closed in 1927), as well as a courtyard and a bar and restaurant.
Visitors are free to roam the tiny cells, peer up at the small barred windows high above and get a real feel for what life was like for the prisoners. Those who are feeling especially brave can sign up for one of the evening ghost walks, where eager ghost hunters spend a night in the jail in search of things that go bump in the night.
Described by one witty TripAdvisor reviewer as ‘the best prison food you’ll ever get’, Bodmin Jail is home to a unique restaurant as well as a fascinating history. You’ll find homemade food in a cosy setting right in the heart of Bodmin’s sinister jail.