The Dark Walk

The Dark Walk

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin

17 May 2021 onwards

Built in 1779 for King George III, the iconic Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold re-development gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history in an enriched, modern and unique museum experience. One of Cornwall’s leading historical sites, Bodmin Jail is unlocking its doors for a brand-new era, unveiling a new-look and ‘Dark Walk’ visitor experience.

As part of a wider, £40 million re-development of the jail, visitors will be able to discover Cornwall’s most haunting histories in a truly state-of-the-art augmented reality and immersive experience. The ‘Dark Walk’, the first of its kind in Cornwall, will use theatrical effects and the latest technology to transport visitors back to Cornwall’s murky past, giving a first-hand experience of the penal life of a working Victorian prison on the fringes of Bodmin Moor.

Retold for 21st century audiences, the haunting cinematic visual experience will tell stories of smuggling, mining and everyday hardships facing Cornwall’s poorest, including tales from infamous prisoners such as Elizabeth Osborne, Selina Wadge and the Lightfoot Brothers, who paid the ultimate price at the hangman’s rope.

In addition to the unique new Dark Walk, the team at Bodmin Jail is delighted to launch revamped Heritage Tours and 'After Dark' experiences hosted by highly knowledgeable and experienced guides. The tours will provide exclusive experiences that will give visitors the chance to explore the Jail and town, understanding the history as well as the energy and extensive paranormal activity the Jail harbours. 

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