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Bodmin - North Cornwall - Photo by Lisa Pethick

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 moorland villages.


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 world war.


Bodmin - North Cornwall


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.


Bodmin Jail


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.


Steam Railway


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.



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