Bodmin a small town of around 15,000 people in the middle of Cornwall to the south west of Bodmin Moor. It was the major religious and administrative centre for Cornwall throughout the Middle Ages from the late Saxon period onwards (Bodmin = abode of the monks). Originally the county town in Cornwall and the site of a Cornish Stannary then the home of the County Assize until 1980s. With the rise of the railway in the 19th century, Truro became the county town and in 1870 was given city status with the opening of its cathedral. Some may say this a more apt location for county town.
In the seventies, the Greater London Council used Bodmin, along with many other towns, to relocate its council tenants, creating several estates around the town.
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.
- A small military museum, if this is your bag. Opposite the Steam Railway.
- Bodmin Jail - described 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.
- Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway - Bodmin is the starting point of twenty 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 !
- The Camel Trail a 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.....that said it is level with a gentle slope west to east.
- St Petroc's Church, Church Square. 15th 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
The shops are average.