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Bodmin Gaol is open as a visitor attraction so you can explore the Prison and read tales about its many occupants and their ultimate fate, and see portrayals of the prisoners in their cells. You can go underground into the dungeons (very atmospheric when it's raining) and afterwards can enjoy refreshments or a meal in the restaurant or licensed bar. The Goal also has a magnificent restaurant available for special functions in the old prison Chapel and 'La Scala' is available for Weddings and Corporate Events.
If you're feeling very brave, then why not stay a night at the Bodmin Gaol and go ghost-hunting! Give them a call or check their website for more details. Failing that, you're always welcome to stay at Bedknobs as all our ghosts are friendly, and our Bed and Breakfast in Bodmin is definitely more comfortable!
Bodmin Gaol, the former County Prison, was built in 1777 and replaced the old Debtor's Prison (now the Hole-In-The-Wall Public House). The Gaol was rebuilt in the 1840's and again in the 1850's each time increasing in size as the population grew.
A grand total of 55 hangings took place of which 51 were public hangings. This was regarded as major spectator sport in the 19th Century and the gallows could be seen from the local railway where many people would pay for a view. The last public hanging took place in 1909 prior to the prison's closure in 1922
During the First World War, the Domesday Book, and it is said by some, the Crown Jewels, were amongst the treasures entrusted to Bodmin Gaol for safe keeping.