Bodmin is a small town, of around 15,000 people, in the middle of Cornwall to the south west of Bodmin Moor. It was the major religious and administrative centre for Cornwall throughout the Middle Ages, from the late Saxon period onwards, and the name means "aode of the monks".
It was originally the county town in Cornwall and the site of a Cornish Stannary. Then, it was the home of the County Assize until the 1980s. With the rise of the railway in the 19th century, Truro became the county town, and in 1870, it was given city status with the opeing of it cathedral. Some may say that it is a more apt location for a county town.
In the 1970s, the London used Bodmin, along with many other towns, to relocate its council tenants, creating several estates around the town.
It would be very easy to write Bodmin off, but there are good points.
Bodmin Parkway station, which is about 4 miles from the town centre, is served by trains from London (and elsewhere) to Cornwall, as well as local services between Plymouth and Penzance. During the day there is an hourly bus service from the station to the town centre.
The shops are average.