Welcome to Bodmin
On the western side of the moor is the stout market town of Bodmin, which grew up around a large 7th-century monastery founded by St Petroc, and later became one of the county’s most important stannary towns. Although much of Bodmin’s administrative power shifted to Truro in the late 19th century, Bodmin remained the seat of the county court until the mid-1990s. You can visit the old courtroom inside the town hall and the ruins of Bodmin Jail, Cornwall’s most infamous lock-up, where lawbreakers were incarcerated or – in more serious cases – introduced to the hangman’s noose.
The modern town has little to detain you, but it makes a useful launch-pad for venturing out onto nearby Bodmin Moor.