Bodmin Jail has enjoyed a record year with more than 60,000 people visiting, including more than 2000 school children on educational visits.
Sixteen weddings, 60 conferences and 20 private functions have been held within the centuries-old walls, dozens of new product lines have significantly boosted retail sales in the on-site shop and hundreds of people have dared to take part in the all-night paranormal experiences.
On top of all that, the attraction has won Silver in this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards and received a Highly Commended accolade at the South West Tourism Awards.
The impressive annual results follow an operational re-structure overseen by General Manager Martin Lyall, who joined the team just before Christmas 2016. There are currently 30 employees, but that number is set to rise to around 50 permanent members of staff, with additional seasonal help, when the new hotel and extended attraction open in 2020.
“I’m delighted with all that we’ve achieved in 2018, especially given the building work that is going on,” said Martin. “As the figures prove, Bodmin Jail really is open for business and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for coming to see us and leaving some excellent feedback.”
Major roadworks have taken place in Bodmin recently but, now complete, the town is seeing significant inward investment.
“Bodmin’s central location make it one of the best places for business in the county, which is why we’ve embarked on a thirty million project to build a new hotel and expand our visitor attraction,” said Martin. “A new multi-screen cinema will be opening in the town soon and there’s a palpable feeling of positivity. The future is looking very bright for the area and what is happening here in the jail reflects that.”