This is without doubt Cornwall’s most famous smuggler’s inn and museum. The Jamaica Inn was originally built as a pub high up on the Bodmin Moor, and was used as a coaching house for changing horses during stagecoach runs over the southern moors. It now also serves as an inn, often lodging travelers from all over the country.
It is widely known for its infamy of hosting smugglers and also has gained notoriety as one of the most haunted places in Britain. The current building still includes its original coach house, stables, and tack room.
A NOVEL PLACE
The inn was the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, which was published in 1936. It was during her ride across the moors that Daphne encountered a thick fog, and sought shelter at the inn. While she stayed, she was told stories by the locals of smugglers, pirates, and ghostly highwaymen. The novel was later adapted three times for the screen; the first being a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939, the second a 1983 television series going by the same name as the novel, and the third was another film adaption made in 2014 and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
A CURIOUS MUSEUM
The inn is home to the “Museum of Smuggling”, which is located on the western side of the buildin and pays homage to classical examples of the arts of concealment and evasion. The majority of the museum, though, is dedicated to displaying a collection of smuggling-related artifacts that had all passed through the inn. Most notably, the museum contains old “Wanted” posters, the earliest dating back to 1798, a bag of “10 pounds of Jamaican ganja”, and a display room featuring Daphne du Maurier’s writing desk and typewriter.
The inn itself has been widely reported to be haunted by its old smuggling guests, who have sometimes been heard scheming in the rooms next door. Occasionally, the Green-Cloaked Highwayman makes an appearance outside bedroom doors during the night, holding his lantern to the gap. With all of the old stories that have taken place at the location, it’s no surprise that it would have some lingering impressions from times passed.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A39 (Rd), Gillards Moor, St Gennys, Bude
Cornwall, England, EX23 0BG
+44 (0)1840 230 650
- Address: A30 South (just off), Bolventor, Launceston, Cornwall, United kingdom, PL15 7TS
- GPS: 50.5619696,-4.565497400000027
- Phone: 0044 (0)1566 86250
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: PL15 7TS
- Entrance Fees: Charges Apply
- Disabled Access: Excellent
- Visibility from Road: Excellent