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Located in the heart of Cornwall, and situated on the western fringes of the beautiful Moor, Bodmin makes an ideal base for your holiday or for a day trip as there’s so much on offer.

Experience Victorian life as you play your part in a recreation of a courtroom trial, situated within the Shire Hall, right in the heart of the town; or why not take a self-guided tour around Bodmin Jail where cells show scenes of crime and punishments.

Don’t miss the other attractions in the town too, namely the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, the charming town museum, the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Museum based in the Keep and St Petroc’s Church which is the largest in Cornwall.
Bodmin Moor spans the central high ground of Cornwall and is one of the last great, unspoilt areas of the south west.

Dominated by spectacular granite tors and windswept hills overlooking vast expanses of remote open moorland, it is a truly remarkable part of Cornwall.

The history of this area dates back to prehistoric times, when almost the whole moor would have been forest. Archaeological monuments from the Bronze Age including stone rows, hut circles, standing stones and holy wells are in abundance. For over a thousand years the moor has traditionally been used for summer grazing of livestock. Rights to the land stretch back to time immemorial and some of the ancient rights are still practised today.

The village of St Breward, at 700ft, is the highest in Cornwall and the parish is home to two of Cornwall’s famous landmarks, Rough Tor and Brown Willy. Rough Tor features an ancient holy well and an Iron Age hill fort on its summit. The parish church of St Breward is dedicated to St Branwallader and alongside it is the Old Inn & Restaurant, parts of which date back to the 11th century and was the residence of the monks who helped construct the church.

Centrally located in the heart of the county, and situated on the western fringes of the beautiful Moor, Bodmin makes an ideal base for your holiday or for a day trip as there’s so much on offer.

Experience Victorian life as you play your part in a recreation of a courtroom trial, situated within the Shire Hall, right in the heart of the town; or why not take a self-guided tour around Bodmin Jail where cells show scenes of crime and punishments.

Don’t miss the other attractions in the town too, namely the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, the charming town museum, the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Museum based in the Keep and St Petroc’s Church which is the largest in Cornwall.

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