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Age group: 10+

Location: EAST Cornwall


Contact: nr Bodmin, PL31 2DQ

TEL: 01208 76616


Courtroom Experience

Do you love a good murder mystery? Want to experience a little Victorian Cornish history? Then why not visit the Courtroom Experience, an award winning visitor attraction at the heart of mid Cornwall in Bodmin.


In 1844 on the windswept slopes of Rough Tor, on  the north western flank 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?


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!


The Courtroom Experience is an interactive, guided tour of the original county courts of Cornwall. The experience is led by one of the knowledgeable 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. A mixture of lights, film and anamatronics 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.


Afterwards visitors are taken on a tour of the original holding cells where Matthew and others would have awaited their fate...transportation, hard labour or death by hanging!

Bodmin Jail 0.5 miles, Lostwithiel 6 miles, Wadebridge 7 miles