Bodmin is amazing. Fact. 

Nestled right in the heart of Cornwall, no-one can deny that Bodmin is an extraordinary town. Not only is it one of the oldest towns in Cornwall, but Bodmin is a town of huge importance in Cornish History. Once the County Town of Cornwall (an honour which it debatably still holds), Bodmin was also the centre of three Cornish uprisings: the Cornish rebellion led by Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank in 1497, the Warbeck uprising a few months later in 1497, and the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1549. In fact, the mayor of Bodmin, Nicholas Boyer, was actually hanged for rebellion in 1549 – an event which is traditionally marked during the Heritage Day celebrations.


Aside from it’s incredible history, traditions and architecture, Bodmin boasts some amazing attractions – in fact, the town has five attractions within the town itself, and many more situated on the outskirts: this is more than any other town in Cornwall!  There are so many things to do in Bodmin, no matter if it’s bright and sunny or a rainy day in Cornwall, Bodmin really does have something for everyone.

Bodmin Railway is a wonderful heritage railway and the only full-sized steam railway in Cornwall!

Bodmin Jail was previously Cornwall’s only prison (now thankfully a visitor attraction!)

Bodmin Town Museum has a fantastic collection of and Cornish history.


BODMIN KEEP: Cornwall’s ARMY Museum is based in Bodmin Keep – the heart of military life in Cornwall for over 150 years.


Bodmin Beacon is an 84 acre Nature reserve right here on our doorstep.

Bodmin’s  St Petroc’s Church is the largest church in Cornwall – surpassed only by Truro Cathedral! In fact, the tower of St Petroc’s used to reach 150 feet in height, until struck by lightning and destroyed in 1699.

Pencarrow House & Gardens is one of Cornwall’s beautiful stately homes, still lived in today by the Molesworth St Aubyn family.

The beautiful National Trust property, Lanhydrock House and Gardens is within walking distance from the town, as is the vibrant  Cardinham Woods with its walking and cycle trails and wonderfully rustic Woods café. 


Take a look at the intoBodmin website for your culture fix – Based in one of the town's most beautiful buildings, The Old Library, intoBodmin run fantastic events and community projects, including the St Petroc's Sessions. 

Read more about Why We Love Bodmin on the Cornwall’s Regimental Museum Blog.