Bodmin is just 30 minutes from the stunning north
and south coast Cornish beaches, is at the gateway to the traffic-free,
walking and cycling route - the Camel Trail, is a stone throw
from the world-famous Eden Project and has two impressive houses
– Pencarrow and the National Trust’s Lanhydrock – right on its
doorstep. Not to mention it is at the south-western edge of the
windswept, undiscovered landscape that is Bodmin Moor with its
granite tors, panoramic views, walking opportunities and rugged
Bodmin, standing proud on the moor's western edge,
is the perfect place to relax after an expedition into the moors.
The town's turbulent history is on display in the Town Museum,
the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Regimental Museum, and in
the Shire Hall, with its Courtroom Experience. Bodmin Town Museum
is situated on Mount Folly approximately 100 yards from the main
car park. Recently refurbished, the museum tells the history of
the town from the earliest times up until the end of the second
Being the former County town of Cornwall, Bodmin
can boast numerous interesting buildings, such as the the Turret
Clock, marking the site of the ancient Butter Market, the Assize
Hall, Shire House and of course the notorious Bodmin Gaol.
Towering above the town on Bodmin Beacon stands
the 144 ft obelisk to Lt.-Gen. Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert (1785-1853)
- descendant of the Elizabethan sailors Raleigh and Gilbert -
commemorating his distinguished services in India.
Built in 1778, Bodmin Jail was once the County
Prison, notorious for its cramped conditions and public hangings,
the last of which took place in 1909. Today, Bodmin Jail is open
to the public as a museum. Exhibits include re-creations of notable
prisoners with details of their crimes and the sentences they
faced. This historical attraction also has a bar, restaurant and
gift shop on site.
Typical of a branch line you would find in the
1950's, the Bodmin and Wenford railway is Cornwall's only standard
gauge section of track still used by steam locomotives.
The railway which uses Bodmin General as its main
station caters for a variety of different train experiences and
special events. The line itself runs both north to Boscarne Junction
near to camel trail and south to Bodmin Parkway station linking
it with the main rail network.