Bodmin's Shire Hall

In the heart of Cornwall's County Town
Tourist Information Centre ~ Courtroom Experience ~ Town & Countryside Exhibition

Bodmin's Shire Hall

Built between 1837 and 1838 the Shire Hall is an architectural gem with its extraordinary interior cantilevered staircase and the imposing solid granite front facade.

Used as the County Court until 1988 the building has now been carefully restored to its original glory by Bodmin Town Council using funds from the Lottery and from the European Fund.

It's the place to start your visit to Cornwall's secret heart

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This is the judge - you can be the jury!In 1844 on the wind swept slopes of Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor, the body of a local girl was found. Charlotte Dymond's murder has intrigued ever since.

Matthew Weeks was accused of her murder. But was he guilty or innocent of this heinous crime? The courtroom drama is played out and you become one of the jurors. Cast your vote and decide his fate.

The Court RoomNow you can witness the trial and act as a member of the jury in this unique interpretation of the court room as it would have been at that time.

Court Sessions Opening Hours:
The Courtroom Experience is open all year round.
Sessions run from 11am and are hourly throughout the day.
Please contact us on 01208 76616 and press option 1 to find out what showings we are offering on the day that you would like to visit.

45 mins including a visit to the holding cells where Matthew and others awaited their fate...
...imprisonment in Bodmin goal with its notorious treadmill
...transportation to Australia
...the gallows

Adults: £3.95
children: £2.50
Concessions (seniors/students): £2.95
Family (2+3): £10.95
Group rates available

Bodmin's Shire Hall

Visit the Jury Box Gift Shop for some great gift ideas. We hold several ranges of Cornish hand-crafted jewellery including designs by Anne Farag and Maxine Symons. We also stock children’s books, pens, pencils and games, local history books, walking guides, maps, novels, greetings cards, a variety of prints and much, much more.


A map to help you find us



Bodmin Tourist Information Centre

01208 76616

The Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ

Opening hours

Easter to the end of September, Monday to Friday 8.45am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm.

October Monday to Friday 8.45am - 5pm and Saturday 26th October 10am - 5pm.

November - End of February Monday to Friday 8.45am - 2pm.

March 8.45am - 5pm.

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