Bodmin is a civil parish 26 miles north east of Truro and 259 miles southwest of London. It is not situated on the coast, but located south west of the famous Bodmin Moor. It was once an important religious centre in Cornwall and is home to Bodmin jail, built in late 18th century and operational for 150 years. Other sites worth visiting include The Shire Hall and Berry Tower, a 16th century tower once part of the large Chapel of the Holy Rood.
Another point of interest is the Jamaica Inn. It is 10 miles outside Bodmin, this was the base of Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 novel “Jamaica Inn”, which was subsequently made into an Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. It was constructed in 1750 and to take its name from pirates who smuggled illegal rum from Jamaica into the country and stored it at the inn, as well as using the inn as a stopping point before moving on to one of their 100 secret routes.