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Hotels in Bodmin

Bodmin is one of Cornwall's larger towns, right in the middle of the county. It started as a monastery in the sixth century, and was at the heart of the Cornish Rebellion of 1497. Today, Bodmin is a welcoming and family-friendly holiday town.

Weekend breaks in Cornwall are made complete with a stay in any of Bodmin's hotels. The region boasts several locations used in famous films, such as nearby Antony House from the 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland.

Bodmin Moor

This tourist hotspot covers 80 square miles. It's said to date back to prehistoric times. Eagle-eyed film fans will also have spotted the moor during the Beatles' 1957 film, Magical Mystery Tour.

Dozmary Pool is, according to legend, where King Arthur threw Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake. The other rumour associated with the moor is the Beast of Bodmin. The existence of a ‘beast' has never been proven, but kids may enjoy searching for ‘clues'.

Things to do

Many of Bodmin's attractions are within easy walking distances of each other. If you arrive by car, park up in the town centre and take a wander.

The Courtroom Experience is an award-winning attraction. Act as a jury member in a mock Victorian murder trial. After delivering your verdict, you can take a tour of the authentic jail cells from that period.

Cycling is a popular pastime. The Camel Trail runs through Bodmin, on the way from Padstow to Wenford Bridge.

Take a trip on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway to see even more of the area. On a 1950s steam train, you'll head through the scenic Glynn Valley and Camel Valley. Diesel trains are used on certain days, so check when you book tickets.

Eating in Bodmin

There are two foods you must try in Cornwall, ice cream and the Cornish pasty. The latter is readily available from the aptly named Proper Cornish Pasties in Bodmin. As for the ice cream, Kelly's of Bodmin has been supplying town residents with sweet treats since the late 1800s.

Ms V's Cornish Cream Tea is held at St Benet's Abbey. Both the tearooms and gardens are serene, relaxing places to enjoy tea and afternoon snacks. The scones are made using a secret family recipe.

For all other tastes and appetites, there are plenty of restaurants around town. Chinese and Indian takeaways are on hand for quick meals. Dine surrounded by history at The Hole in the Wall, which was once a prison for people in debt.

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