I am no stranger to jails! Having visited hundreds of excellenttourist attractions within the UK & Ireland, I have come acrosshalf a dozen of these decommissioned prisons, some were still real prisons up until recent, and all of them have got there ownamount of fascinating stories to tell, and Bodmin Jail has more thanits fair share. This former placeof incarceration was and still is a Victorian architectural jewel,and even still today some ofthe worlds best engineers andarchitects are truly fascinatedwith the structuralfoundations that we know asBodmin Jail. Being one of the most haunted buildings in theworld has visitors arriving here in their thousands and the jail itself has the strange ability to both scare and fascinate all at the sametime. I would strongly recommend that a visit to Cornwall is notcomplete until you have visited Bodmin Jail !
Bodmin Jail has a very dark and sinister past which has made it popular with tourists and ghost-hunters alike. This ominous and foreboding 18th Century stone building was built in 1779 to house the county prison. It was the first jail to hold inmates in individual cells and famously carried out grisly public executions by hanging until 1862, 55 in total! This mid-Victorian prison was also home to the Crown Jewels, Doomsday book and other National treasures during the Great War. The prison's dramatic and ominous history has brought it to the attention of many paranormal investigations and was recently a location for the popular Living TV's Most Haunted. The prison finally closed in 1927 and since then has become a very popular tourist attraction with fascinating exhibitions telling of the 150 years of crime and punishment.