Bodmin is an ancient market town in Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor and 18 miles from Newquay.
It was the county town from 1835 until 1989.
The town traces its roots back to the 6th century, when St. Petroc settled here.
St. Petroc`s Church dates back to the 15th century, and is the largest church in the county. It has a fine Norman font.
St. Guron`s Well, close to the churchyard, was said to give cures for eye complaints.
Bodmin Museum has displays on local history.
Bodmin Prison, built in 1855, is also a museum.
The Municipal Offices stand on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory.
The Bodmin Riding is an annual procession around town on horeback, whose origins are mediaeval.
There is a steam railway that runs to the main line at Bodmin Parkway.
Bodmin Beacon has a 144 foot obelisk erected in 1856 to General Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert.
Among notable persons born at Bodmin are Herman Cyril McNeile ("Sapper"), creator of Bulldog Drummond; and Arthur Quiller-Couch, poet.