Tourists in Cornwall should expect a new attraction by 2019 when the historic Bodmin Jail becomes a 63-bedroom hotel and museum.
The 18th-century prison has been the site of more than 50 executions. Many still chose to visit it despite its dark and violent history, though. The place has been a well-known attraction that it is hardly difficult to be near basic amenities — whether it is a retail store or a restaurant in Bodmin.
The renovation project will feature a “bat bungalow” in the hotel’s grounds to provide workers with a safe way to remove them. Under U.K. law, an ecologist has to oversee that bats’ safety in any conservation project.
There are around nine species of bats found in the prison, which made it challenging for developers as they need to suspend work once they discovered the presence of bats.
While the project’s architects want to preserve the prison’s history, they will have to demolish some of the facility’s old cells to create more space. The addition of a glass roof will minimise the prison’s gloomy environment. Since the prison has been shut down since 1927, much of it has been in bad shape.
Bodmin Jail’s conversion is part of many development projects that will transform Cornwall in the next five years. By 2023, at least 18 different projects will provide residents and tourists with more facilities.
These include a stadium that would open just in time for the 2019–2020 sporting season, new shopping villages in Fraddon and Newquay and the first six-star resort in Cornwall.
Tourists who love a good scare should plan a visit once the renovated Bodmin Jail opens next year. Would you choose to spend a night in a room that was once a prison cell?