Take the kids to … Bodmin Jail, Cornwall

An imposing 18th-century prison brings to life an era of harsh punishments – fun for all the family, if your children like grisly tales and ghost stories

A former jail on the edge of the town, built in 1779 by prisoners of war. Inside the gloomy and imposing granite building there are six floors of chilly cells, life-size models of inmates, and grim tales of crimes and punishment. Thanks to its grisly past, it claims to be one of the most haunted attractions in the UK, with a resident medium and a cast of ghosts. In short, it’s the perfect attraction if you want to scare your children with some real-life horror stories. The jail is in the midst of a £30m development that will add a 63-bedroom hotel within the two original prison wings, and a new £8.5m attraction and education centre.

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