This page also covers the nearby town of Lostwithiel (Cornish: Lostwydhyel).
It would be very easy to write Bodmin off but there are good points.
- The public buildings in the centre of town have been nicely restored and on a sunny day passes muster.
phone: +44 1208 72810address: The Keep, Victoria Barracks, PL31 1EGA small military museum, if this is your bag.
phone: +44 1208 76292address: Berrycoombe Road, PL31 2NRDescribed as a holiday attraction, may not be everyone's cup of tea. The gaol dates from the 1770s and is rather large, with many ghost and scare stories to go with it. The Beast of Bodmin legend may have arisen to scare any prisoners thinking of escaping across the Moor.
phone: +44 1208 265950address: PL30 5AD
phone: +44 1208 872687address: Nr Restormel Rd, PL22 0EEA ruined castle run by English Heritage, notable for being almost completely cylindrical. You can walk around most of the castle's walls circumference by climbing the stairs on either side of the castle's former gatehouse. There are a few signs detailing the castle's history, but they are worn and in need of replacement.
address: 16 Fore St, PL22 0BWVolunteer-run museum. Small exhibition in the window for when the museum is closed.
phone: +44 1208 73555address: PL31 1AGBodmin is the starting point of 20-odd miles of enthusiast-run and -owned steam line that links with the main London to Penzance line at Bodmin Parkway. Give it a look see fun for all the family especially those into steam....they have murder-mystery night and food days too!
Camel TrailA lovely walk and cycle ride way, converted from an old railway runs close to the centre of the town. The Trail runs from Padstow to high on Bodmin Moor. Experienced bike riders should avoid the trail on summer weekends, as it is full of families with young children all over the path. It is level with a gentle slope west to east.
St Petroc's Churchaddress: Church Square15th-century church building. Largest parish church in Cornwall. See 11th-century granite font with carved celtic design and 12th-century bone reliquary for remains of St Petroc.
address: Lostwithiel PL22 0HYSmall farm gin distillery, which offers masterclases in gin production. Also three cottages for rent, and a perfume and candle business.