Bodmin Jail Hotel

South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • 70 Guest Rooms
  • Contemporary Boutique Hotel

This amazing Cornwall hotel is both a luxurious and utterly unique place to stay.

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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.



We have 70 amazing bedrooms created from the combination of three original cells and offer Classic, Family and Accessable rooms.  Every room features a beautiful bathroom with a separate deep soak bathtub and rainfall shower enclosure.  The Chapel Restaurant has carefully soured local produce and a seasonal à la carte menu plus a daily Table d'hôte fixed price menu. 

Suitable For

We welcome couples and families here on leisure, but also solo travellers whether business or leisure.  Our ground floor rooms accepts up to two medium-sized (labrador size) dogs.


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) so you can be well equipped for the day ahead.  Or if you fancy the beaches, both North and South Coast beaches are within each reach by car within 20/25 minutes.  Larger attractions such as the adjacent Bodmin Jail Museum attraction, The Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project are excellent days out  - alhtough we mgiht caution that The Bodmin Jail Attraction is best suited for children over 8. 

Food & Drink

Aside from our Chapel Restaurant, we also have our Jolly Hangman Tavern serving family favourites is open until 10pm. Bodmin also features a couple of pubs and restaurants should you fancy something different.


Open all year.


Doubles rooms or twin rooms from £215 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.


Contact Website  01208 822 822  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.


  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Car-free option
  • Walking
  • 24-hour reception
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Café
  • Car-charging points
  • Family rooms
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Historic
  • Boutique hotel

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