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“Reliving history where it happened”

The Courtroom Experience
Ranked #6 of 26 things to do in Bodmin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Once upon a time, true justice was not available to those who are helpless. During the 19th century, one can be accused of a crime and found guilty because forensic evidence was unavailable then.
In Bodmin, a young man named Matthew Weeks was found guilty of murder and hanged without hard evidence. This case led to the eventual abolition of capital punishment.
At Bodmin's Shire Hall, visitors can relive the Courtroom Experience and even be a juror in the Matthew Weeks case, deciding whether he was guilty or not after hearing the deliberations in a trial involving film reels and animatronics.
Interesting and eye-opening, you get to relive history right where it happened, and end your tour with a visit to the holding cells where prisoners were kept while waiting for their case to be heard. Not pleasant for them, to be sure, and it makes one glad one is living in this more enlightened era and not back then.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank VinceOCYeoh
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

Visited the courtroom with my family and enjoyed every minute. Before the presentation we read the background to the trial demonstrated and then went in to the courtroom.
No live actors but a well presented session with models and commentary. Some of it was hard to hear due to authentic accents but that just added to the atmosphere. One of the library staff did a presentation before and afterwards before taking us down to the holding cells and she was very good indeed.
Well worth the small fee charged

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We had been to this location about 10 years ago. Some of our party had too, but were a lot younger to remember the visit. The price at being just under £4 was a good valued payment for about an hour. If you are 60+ like myself a further £1 reduction is received. The experience is a replay of an actual court case from the 1800s and you are asked tomlisten to the facts and then render a verdict according to what you have heard. Our group was split 50 50 after which you are informed of the actual verdict. I wont spoil the verdict but this is a very good visit for a spare hour you may have in the area and is good for inclement weather

Well worth a visit

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chris D
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

Pay in the information centre and experiences begin on the hour. As we got there early we read much of the information the staff member gave us prior to entering the court. It is a shame the court verdict is also shared before you go in too. However, it was fun to take part and vote. Good value

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ASR512
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Went there today (26/6/18) special trip from holiday cottage in camelford. Arrived for 12.00 session but notice outside said its close til the 2pm session.
Wasted trip and parking for two hours. We are on a holiday schedule so had another place lined up on way back to go to. As tourists we have other places to spend our money.
Not bothering to go back again.
Bodmin town centre looks a bit scanky, dodgy hoody wearers everywhere so went elsewhere did not want to hang around the area.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank carrotcakelady
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Courtroomexp, Manager at The Courtroom Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thank you for leaving us a review.

I appreciate your frustration and to close the Courtroom sessions is not something that we like to do. However, being a very small team and with circumstances as they were, it was not possible to do anything but yesterday.

I would always advise anyone who is visiting any attraction to phone/check in advance, as these situations can happen, even with the best laid plans and I can fully appreciate how disappointing these situations can be.

I apologise sincerely for your wasted journey - I understand that the member of staff on duty offered you some alternatives to visit in walking distance - all of which are very interesting too - so I hope you went along and had a closer look at one of the other fascinating places in the town.

If you have any further comments to make, please don't hesitate to email me at wendy.wright@bodmin.gov.uk

Apologies once again but thank you for taking the time to share your comments with the TripAdvisor community.

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