Cornwall’s Coastline & Convicts

Our fantastic new tour with a twist is based at the former prison turned luxury hotel, Bodmin Jail Hotel. As well as a tour of the 18th century prison, we package in visits to some of Cornwall’s plant paradises, the Eden Project, Lamorran Gardens and Lanhydrock
House & Garden, as well as free time in the picturesque harbour towns of Fowey, St Mawes and Falmouth.


Mark says…
“This historical building has now been converted into an excellent modern hotel with delightful period features.”

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Bodmin Jail & Lanhydrock House & Garden
We make the most of our extraordinary base this morning with a guided tour of the adjacent Bodmin Jail visitor attraction. We find out about the origins of the prison and get an insight into what life was like behind bars in the 18th and 19th centuries, learning about some of the inmates and their crimes. We also see the infamous Execution Pit, which has been restored to full working condition. In the afternoon, we visit the magnificent Lanhydrock House & Garden, where we explore the beautiful gardens and the two sides of Victorian life in this fabulous stately home, from the “below stairs” kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters, to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms of “upstairs” living.

Day 3 Fowey & Eden Project
We spend this morning at leisure in the beautiful, historical harbour town of Fowey. Here, we can browse the lovely independent shops, boutiques and galleries, or tuck into a traditional Cornish cream tea while watching the fishing boats sail by. This afternoon, we visit the world-famous Eden Project. Stroll around the stunning Rainforest Biome, the largest indoor rainforest in the world, and meander through the Mediterranean Biome, discovering the amazing variety of plants that grow in the warm temperate regions of the world. Outside, there are more than 20 acres of gardens to browse, featuring everything from beautiful ornamental flowers to crops used for medicine, fuels, materials and food.

Day 4 Lamorran Gardens, St Mawes & Falmouth
We begin our day with a gardener tour of the exotic Lamorran Gardens, a subtropical, Italianate inspired garden. Its unique position on Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland Peninsula means the garden remains largely frost-free, allowing a wide range of spectacular plants from all over the world to grow. (Please note, due to various flights of steps, the garden is unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.) We then have some time at leisure in the pretty village of St Mawes before taking a short ferry to Falmouth. We spend the afternoon exploring this lovely coastal town known for its fascinating maritime heritage. We may wish to visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or Pendennis Castle, or simply stroll around the harbour, beaches, galleries and shops.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Bodmin, Cornwall
AAA+ New to Albatross Uniquely Different
Opening in 2021, Bodmin Jail Hotel is housed in the historic former prison, which was built in 1779 and closed in 1927, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It has received a stylish overhaul, combining luxurious and contemporary comforts with some original features for a quite extraordinary stay. The 70 stylish bedrooms feature the former cells’ weathered stone walls alongside modern, neutral décor with contemporary furnishings and bathroom suites. Located in the jail’s Old Chapel, the Chapel Restaurant combines gothic elegance and sleek furnishings while the cosy Chapel Bar was once the Governor’s Office. Groups dine in the Jolly Hangman Tavern diner and wine bar, which also has an outside seating area.

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Bodmin, Cornwall
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £354pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £118
Selected Dates Only

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance & guided tour of Bodmin Jail
• Entrance to Lanhydrock House & Garden
• Entrance to Eden Project
• Entrance to Lamorran Gardens & gardener tour
• Ferry crossing St Mawes - Falmouth
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£354 for 5 days

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