Bodmin Jail Hotel

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Car-free option
  • Walking
This amazing Cornwall hotel is both a luxurious and utterly unique place to stay.

Despite its famous moor, Bodmin isn't Cornwall's most most visited corner by any means, but if anything can put the town on the tourist map, it's the Bodmin Jail Hotel, which opened in the summer of 2021 after a £60m conversion from a Victorian prison. The jail shut down almost a century ago, but it was a state-of-the art facility in its day, with hot running water and individual cells making it very much the prison of choice for the discerning jailbird. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that someone had the bright idea to turn its two wings into a luxury hotel, with no less than 70 very comfortable guest rooms. If you're looking for somewhere to stay in the heart of Cornwall that's both stylish and comfortable but also utterly unique, you've come to the right place.

The jail has been so well converted that it's a surprise this sort of thing isn't done more often, with the classic design of the 19th-century prison lending itself perfectly to that of a contemporary hotel, with long, light-filled glass-topped atriums and the walkways on either side giving access to the guest rooms. These aim to blend the heritage of the prison with all the features you expect in a modern luxury hotel – bare granite, metre-thick walls combining with crisp and contemporary furnishings and facilities. All the rooms come with good wifi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini bars, flatscreen TVs and spacious en-suite bathrooms with locally made toiletries. Categories are refreshingly simple, ranging from modestly priced 'Classic' rooms to the more expensive Executive Governor's rooms. All the rooms feature king-size beds, baths and little extras like robes. There are several larger 'Family' rooms, which have an additional fold-out sofa bed, and a number of 'Accessible' rooms, with space for wheelchairs and specially adapted bathrooms. They also have a number of dog-friendly rooms so your canine companion can join you on your jailbreak caper.

Finally, the hotel's location, right on Cornwall's spinal highway, the A30, is not only very easy to reach but also very convenient for much of the rest of the county, You're a short drive from either coast, and the hotel sits right at the end of the Camel Trail, which follows a disused railway line all the way to Padstow; picturesque Fowey, St Austell and the Eden Project are a short drive south, while closer to home Bodmin Moor itself beckons – home to great walking and Cornwall's highest point, and some of the county's most mysterious sights and legends in places like Jamaica Inn. You really couldn't ask for a more convenient – or unique – base for any exploration of Cornwall's heartland.

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Facilities

We have 70 amazing bedrooms created from the combination of 3 original cells and offer Classic and an Executive room type.  Every room features a beautiful bathroom with a separate deep soak bathtub and rainfall shower enclosure.  Every bathroom includes bathrobes, although our Executive rooms have a more plush bathrobe and include slippers.  Our Chapel restaurant features a diverse menu but is focused on local dishes, and we aim to use as much locally sourced food and beverages as possible.

Suitable For

We welcome couples and families here on leisure, but also solo travellers whether business or leisure.  A selection of our rooms accepts up to two medium-sized dogs.

Nearby

If you want to explore the wilds of Bodmin Moor, we are a short drive from the edge.  Or fancy walking or cycling along the Camel Trail, the entrance to which is located a few minutes walk from the hotel.  We can even prepare packed lunches (charged and on request) to nourish you on your ramble.  Or if you fancy the beaches, both North and South Coast beaches are within each reach by car.  Larger attractions such as the adjacent Bodmin Jail Museum attraction or the Eden Project are ideal for all types and provide an interesting day out for when the weather is not quite as sunny as we would like. 

Food & Drink

Aside from our Chapel Restaurant, we also have our Jolly Hangman Tavern serving family favourites during the day.  But Bodmin also features a couple of pubs and restaurants should you fancy something different.

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

Doubles rooms from £270 a night including breakfast.

The Owner Says

The Bodmin Jail Hotel is located within the town of Bodmin, ideally located in Cornwall to explore the many attractions this county has to offer.  The hotel was renovated in 2020 from the derelict Bodmin Jail and transformed into a luxurious hotel whilst being sympathetic to the history and Grade listed building.  This is an opportunity to stay in a hotel built fully within the confines of an original jail, unique to the UK in that respect, albeit with all the modern conveniences you expect from a hotel.

Rooms

70 double rooms and suites.

Location

Contact Website  01208 822 844  Bodmin Jail Hotel, Scarlett’s Well Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2PL

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Getting There

From the A30 follow signs for Bodmin/A389/Liskeard/Lostwithiel/B3268, take the left lane for the A38 slip road.  Follow signs for Bodmin town centre and take the slip road off the A30.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Launceston Rd/A38.  At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Priory Rd/A389.  At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Turf St/A389 then turn right onto Berrycoombe Rd.  The entrance to the hotel is on the right through the walls and opposite the Public Carpark. The nearest train station is Bodmin which is on the mainline to London, or to the north via Bristol.

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