Four Facts about Cornwall’s Most Haunted Prison

A man clenching his fists on prison cell's rails

In Cornwall lies one of the most haunting places in the UK: the Bodmin jail. Built by prisoners for prisoners, it witnessed several executions and miserable lives.

Its dark past and today’s upgrades make it an unusual but engaging place to visit. Before you go, however, learn more about it with these:

Prison tour

One does not have to wonder what it feels like to be inside. Tourists can participate in one of the engaging prison tours in the UK. A personal guide will walk you through the dank walls, giving you insight into the lives and deaths of the prisoners. The jail has also been upgraded to make it visitor-friendly. It has a restaurant, a tearoom and a gift shop.


By next year, visitors can already choose to stay for the night. The administration is already converting a part of the jail into a 63-bed hotel. But humans are not the only ones who will receive a luxurious treatment. The resident bats will also be moving to their new home, aptly called the Bat House. This area will serve not only as an added tourist attraction but also as a protection for the flying creatures.


Bodmin Jail is one of the most haunted places in the UK. It is not surprising considering its dark, grim history. It was a site of more than 25 executions by hanging. Some of them became a public spectacle. The place regularly attracts ghost hunters and adventurous people who would choose to stay for the night and try to see if these spirits do exist.

Naval prison

The Bodmin Jail was a prison for a variety of people. It held both men and women with crimes ranging from non-payment of debt to murder and arson. Many of them, however, were those people who were not able to settle their dues. In 1869, the UK deemed this offence as not a cause for imprisonment. It left a lot of space, which the Admiralty took over to hold its naval prisoners.