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OVERVIEW

Experience the ultimate luxury stay in a former Cornish jail! The Bodmin Jail Hotel has been painstakingly preserved, retaining many heritage features including its original stonewalls and cell doors, behind which guests will discover luxurious bedrooms, complete with modern furnishings. This 18th-century prison hotel offers a completely unique experiential stay.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Ideally located on the edge of the town centre, within a thirty-minute drive from ample coves and sandy beaches of both coasts, as well as expansive moorland. The Camel Trail can be found opposite the entrance, where guests can hire bikes to explore the neighbouring towns, experiencing some of the most stunning scenery along the way. Take a short 20-minute drive to the beautiful and wild Bodmin moor, with its many myths and legends.

By car: around 4-5 hours' drive from London and 2.5 hours from Bristol. Follow signs to Bodmin town centre from the A30. Parking is available on-site.

By train: closest station is Bodmin Parkway, with direct links to London, Bristol and Birmingham. The station is 10-15 mins away from the hotel by taxi. Book trains to Bodmin Parkway.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Old is seamlessly blended with new and the attention-to-detail second is to none. Features such as the huge glass roof, flanked by recreated prison landings and genuine Victorian cell doors, are designed to give guests a true sense of a centuries-old jail. Original stone walls have been exposed and lighting is low, adding to the ambience.

THE FACILITIES

Facilities include a gymnasium, two restaurants, a private lounge and a cocktail bar, with the Bodmin Jail Attraction and gift shop situated next door. The friendly and attentive staff boast extensive local knowledge. Guests are also invited on an informative tour of the hotel, delving further into the history and tales of the prisoner's past - be prepared to be spooked!

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Gym
  • Family rooms
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The bedrooms are created by combining three former cells, retaining many authentic features. Behind original cell doors guests will discover freestanding baths, walk-in showers and indulgent bedding - all set to the backdrop of the original hand-built walls.

Room types: Classic, Executive, Family, Accessible, Pet-friendly

Key amenities: en-suite bathroom, historical plaques in each room, Egyptian cotton bedding, natural toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Indulge in fine dining at The Chapel, featuring a unique multi-projector system to project static or moving images onto the walls and ceiling for a truly immersive experience. Alternatively, enjoy relaxed bistro dining at the Jolly Hangman's Tavern with classic favourites such as fish and chips; open to non-hotel residents, it boasts an outdoor courtyard.

The Chapel: contemporary fine dining, seasonal, local ingredients, a la carte dinner.

Jolly Hangman Tavern: burgers, pizzas, snacks, sandwiches. Open daily.

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