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Bodmin Cornwall

Bodmin Cornwall


Before Truro Cornwall became the capital of Cornwall Bodmin was Cornwall's old County Town. Bodmin is famous for its architecture and grand buildings which illustrate the important role Bodmin played in the County's history. Bodmin is an ideal base to explore the vast Bodmin Moor.

The town of Bodmin offers plenty of shops, places to eat and other useful services. For nearby Family friendly and dog welcoming accommodation Mena Caravan and Camping Park is a beautiful campsite set in 15 acres of protected open space with enviable views in all directions and spacious pitches, offering static caravans, camping and caravanning.

Bodmin's history can be traced back to as early as the sixth century when St Petroc, Cornwall's patron saint, arrived there from Padstow. It was in Bodmin that St Petroc founded his famous priory. Although little, if anything, remains today of the priory there are still many ancient buildings still standing which can be seen including 15C church.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum at Bodmin is one of the different thingsto do in Coornwall. A fascinating place to learn about Cornwall and Britain's Military history and they have some great exhibitions and special events, including reenactments, going on throughout the year.

Bodmin was also known for the famous Bodmin Jail and for the summary justice and harsh punishments which were handed out there. Parts of Bodmin Jail remain open to the public.

Bodmin has a steep cobbled main street and still has a busy high street with a variety of shops.

There is a car boot every Sunday throughout the summer season, weather permitting.

Towering above Bodmin is the 144 foot Gilbert monument which was erected as a tribute to Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert who was born in Bodmin and went onto serve as a general in the British Army in India.

The Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway is a fun steam train ride.

The energetic amongst us can join the Camel Trail on foot or bicycle and head through the valley towards Wadebridge and Padstow.