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Best things to do in Bodmin

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“Find out what it was life behind bars as an 18th-century prisoner and explore the many cells, the execution shed, the civil prison/exhibition and the naval prison. Open all year.”
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Grocery or Supermarket
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Bike Shop
“Bodmin is on an 18-mile cycle route between Wenford Bridge to the north and the coastal town of Padstow to the west. The Camel Line is on the former North Cornwall Railway (1899) between Padstow and Wadebridge, and the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway from Wadebridge to Wenford Bridge (1834). The very nature of these railway lines, which were devised to avoid tight turns or steep inclines, makes them perfect for gentle family bike rides. Practically the whole route is on the disused line so you won’t have to contend with much road traffic. If you don’t have a set of wheels there are hire centres in Bodmin, like Bodmin Bikes & Cycle Hire, only 400 metres from the trail. The trail encapsulates the best of the North Cornwall countryside, inland on the edge of Bodmin Moor, and in the wooded, ravine-like Camel Valley on the way to Padstow. ”
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Rental Car Location
“Enterprise will collect their customers with reservations from local areas. You must contact Bodmin directly in advance to organise transfers. ”
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Pub
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“Right on the Camel Trail. Good play area for kids. Good carvery served every day.”
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Point of Interest
“Towering over Bodmin’s southern reaches there’s a 162-metre granite hill at the heart of a nature reserve. Presiding over the town from the top is the Beacon (1856), an obelisk 44 metres tall, commemorating the British Army officer Sir Walter Gilbert who spent nearly all of his career in India. After scaling the hill and gazing over Bodmin, you can ramble through the reserve’s meadows and newly planted community woodland. ”
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Museum
“Great for families, groups and enthusiast of all ages. Journey aboard a heritage steam or diesel train and be transported back to the golden age of travel. Explore 6 1/2 miles of track with the freedom of the line ticket-payments and travel all day. Special events throughout the year.”
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Monument / Landmark
Restaurant
“Unique place with very interesting menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Good to combine with a Camel Trail trip to historic Bodmin.”
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Museum
“The Keep (1827) at Bodmin’s old Victoria Barracks has hosted the Cornwall Regimental Museum since 1929. This charts the 300-year history of The Light Infantry, the Duke of Cornwall’s light infantry (separate concepts) and volunteer militia. One member of the regiment was Harry Patch (d. 2009), the longest-surviving combat soldier of World War I, who has a small exhibition in his honour. There’s an exciting collection of weapons and more than 80 uniforms, all going back to the Napoleonic Wars. One piece of special interest at the museum is the Washington Bible, printed in 1712 and used by George Washington at a Masonic ceremony. ”
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Restaurant
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Bar
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“Wetherspoons pub with free Wifi and very reasonably priced meals - child friendly, in a lovely old chapel setting in Bodmin”
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Museum
“The Shire Hall was the County Assizes up until 1988. Today, visitors can act as a member of the jury in the creation of a Victorian murder trial that actually took place in Shire Hall. In 1844 on the wind-swept slopes of Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor, the body of a local girl Charlotte Dymond was found. Her murder has intrigued ever since. Visitors must watch the evidence before them and decide whether they believe Matthew Weeks, the accused, is guilty or not guilty?”
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Bicycle Store
“Mountain bike hire shop. Lots of great nearby biking trails available at Lanhydrock and Cardinham. ”
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Bakery
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