Do you love a good murder mystery? Always fancied doing jury service? Want to experience Victorian Cornish History? Then visit the Courtroom Experience at Cornwall’s former County Assizes.
The experience is led by a knowledgeable guide who will take you through the experience, starting with a short talk of the story of Charlotte Dymond and Matthew Weeks and the history of the building. Then watch the trial and listen to the evidence presented – based on what you have seen, you must decide, is Matthew guilty or not guilty of murdering young Charlotte Dymond? The usher then takes you down to the original holding cells where you can stand inside one of the tiny, gloomy cells.
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The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s premier steam railway. Operating over 6.5 miles of steeply graded track, through some idyllic countryside, the atmosphere and nostalgia of a typical Cornish branch line is recreated.
Close to the A30 and walking distance to Bodmin town centre, the Bodmin Railway has fun for all the family, with special events throughout the year.
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Cornwall Regimental Museum
Housed in Bodmin’s magnificent Victorian army barracks, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum at Bodmin Keep provides a fascinating insight into 300 years of international conflict and military history.
Displays cover Waterloo, World War 1 and World War 2, right up to more recent conflicts in Northern Ireland and Iraq. It has one of the best weaponry and medal collections on display in the country, as well as a huge chunk of the Berlin wall and a WW1 Trench to explore!
With something for the whole family, young and old, the exhibitions captivate and inspire, truly connecting visitors with stories from our past.
You can play the bugle, dress up in military uniform, handle historic weaponry or get creative in our craft room! You can even bring the family dog!
Open Tuesdays – Sundays and every day in the school holidays!
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Bodmin Town Museum
Situated in the town centre, the museum houses a rich history of artefacts and collections that tell the story of Bodmin and its countryside from the earliest times.
There are lots of interesting displays of material relating to social life, trade and transport, rocks and minerals, the world wars, a Cornish kitchen and law and order.
Admission to the museum is free but donations are gratefully received. Dog friendly and quiz for children.
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Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational, and just a little bit scary, adventure!
During the First World War the Jail held state papers and the Doomsday book – The Crown Jewels have also been given safe haven here as well.Visitors can wander through the depths of the Jail, over six levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall.
Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall.
Marvel at the building’s unique design, architecture, and engineering; from the inspired heating and cooling systems constructed to keep the Jail environment comfortable, to the striking carved wood panelling and period features of the Old Chapel; now housing the popular Governors Hall restaurant.
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St Petrocs Church
St Petroc’s Church is the largest and one of the oldest parish churches in Cornwall. The present Church dates back to the between 1469 and 1472 although earlier churches existed on the same site back to 540AD when St Petroc and St Gerren founded an ecclesiastical settlement.
This is where the name Bodmin comes from, “Bod-Menegh” in Cornish meaning “abode of monks” and the Church went on to play a central role in Bodmin’s history and development.
Visit the church, situated amidst an array of Holly Wells. See the impressive Norman font and a precious 12th Century, Sicilian ivory casket that held the bones of its patron saint.
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