Abandoned and ‘haunted’ 18th-century jail transformed into luxury hotel


Could you stay here for a night? (Picture: Bodmin Jail Hotel)

If you’re not quite ready to accept that Halloween is over for another year, we may have just the thing for you to get your thrills.

A former prison that was the scene of 55 executions between 1779 and 1927 has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The 18th century Bodmin Jail is said to be one of the most haunted establishments, even though it has been given a five-year, four-star makeover.

From February next year, guests will be invited to stay in converted jail cells and dine in the former chapel.

Now, the building is unrecognisable from its past, with modern rooms, trendy decor, and chic rustic walls.

The jail saw 55 executions in its long and dark history (Picture: Bodmin Jail Hotel)
One of the jail suites (Picture: Bodmin Jail Hotel)

Bodmin Jail has a long, dark history, housing people for crimes from theft to murder and rape.

Thousands of people would travel to the establishment in order to watch the executions until the jail closed in 1927.

The female wing was closed in 1911 and the last male prisoner left in July 1916 after the number of inmates declined because of World War One.

The jail was finally closed in 1927 and it was left to fall into ruin in the following decades.

Transformed from the former prison chapel (Picture: Bodmin Jail Hotel)
There are 70 furnished guests suites (Picture: Bodmin Jail Hotel)

When architects began work on the building five years ago, the building was covered in vegetation and bats had inhabited the space.

The experts decided to keep the original architecture of Bodmin but made modern upgrades to attract guests.

Now guests can expect a glass atrium, metal walkways, a gallery and interactive exhibition showing the jail’s history, and 70 furnished suites.

If all that’s got you excited to visit, you can start making bookings for February next year on the Bodmin Jail Hotel website.

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