Many visitors to this area will find themselves alighting from the train here, at Bodmin Parkway, as they make their way through Cornwall from further afield, and they won’t be disappointed with what Bodmin has to offer. This town has plenty of history, sitting as it does on two ancient trade routes, and as a result has plenty to interest the visitor.
Bodmin, just a few miles from the Moor with whom it shares its name, has always been an important town, and in fact is the only market town in the county to feature in the Domesday Book. After centuries of people passing through, and rebellions and uprisings, it’s hardly any surprise that there’s a jail here, and it’s one that visitors can enjoy exploring today, possibly encountering one of the resident ghosts along the way. The Courtroom Experience and town museum help make Bodmin a town for any weather, and there’s a steam railway that leaves from the town, pottering through the countryside to the River Camel or River Fowey. Close by is one of Cornwall’s grandest houses and gardens, Lanhydrock, open to visitors today courtesy of the National Trust.