The Court Room Experience

Shire Hall, Mount Folly, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DQ
7 Crinnicks Hill Bodmin England PL31 2DE GB

Do you love a good murder mystery? Always fancied doing jury service?
Want to experience Victorian Cornish history? Then visit the Courtroom Experience, an award winning visitor attraction at the heart of Cornwall.

What’s the trial all about?
In 1844 on the windswept slopes of Bodmin Moor, the body of a local girl, Charlotte Dymond was found. Matthew Weeks, her boyfriend was arrested and charged with her murder. But was he guilty? Who do you think was the guilty party?

Come and act as a member of the jury in a re-enactment of Matthew’s trial in the very building in which the trial took place. Guilty or not guilty you must decide!

Then visit the spooky holding cells where inmates awaited their trial and imagine what it would have felt like to be in a damp, gloomy cell just one metre square in size!

What is involved in the Courtroom Experience?
The Courtroom Experience is an interactive, guided tour of the original county courts of Cornwall.

The experience is led by one of our knowledgeable Courtroom Ushers who will be your tour guide and will meet you in the foyer to take you through the experience. The tour begins with a short talk giving you some information about the building and some background to the story of Matthew Weeks and Charlotte Dymond.

The usher will take you into the original courtroom where you will be invited to take a seat. Here the usher will introduce you to the characters in the courtroom and give some snippets of information to think about during the trial.

The trail then begins and is a mixture of lights, film and animatronics and the case of Matthew Weeks is told.

Towards the end of the trial you are asked to vote, based on what you have seen, whether you think Matthew was guilty or not guilty of the crime. The trial culminates with the historical outcome of the trial.

The usher then joins you again and will ask you what you decided and give you some food for thought for the car journey home.
The usher finally takes you down to the original holding cells where you can stand inside one of the tiny, gloomy cells – great photo opportunity and it’s your chance to ask any questions!

The whole experience takes about an hour.

When is the Courtroom Experience open?
The Courtroom Experience welcomes visitors all year round.

The Courtroom Experience is family friendly, welcomes dogs, is accessible to wheelchair users and is a great visit in the rain or perhaps after a long hot day at the beach!

What do our visitors say about us?
“Lovely building, captivating Courtroom

Experience, lovely town, well-kept Shire Hall”

“The Courtroom Experience was very, very good. Well worth a visit! Thank you”

“Thank you for making the dogs so welcome”

Facilities: *Level access entrance
*Stair Lift
*Disabled toilets

Opening Times: 1st March – 31st May
Monday to Friday Court sessions 11am, 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
And selected Saturday openings on 5th April, 12th April, 19th April, 3rd May, 10th May, 24th May.

1st June – 30th September
Monday to Saturday Court sessions 11am, 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

However, please feel free to give us a call and check, especially during the winter months.

Costs: Adults £3.95, Concessions £2.95 Children £2.50, Family £10.95 [2+2, 2+3 or 1+3)

Photo Credits: © The Courtroom Experience

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