Bodmin Keep: Cornwall's Army Museum

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Explore Bodmin Keep, an authentic Grade II listed Victorian Army Keep in the heart of Cornwall.

Discover the former home of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, visit the regimental cells and impressive armoury stocked with historic weaponry. Discover objects spanning over 300 years of Cornish military life - from the Cornwall Militia and Volunteers, the ‘famous regiment’ The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and the The Light Infantry. Highlights of the museum’s collections include the Harry Patch display, the impressive armoury of historic weaponry, stained glass windows, as well as some memorably quirky objects…

All visitors can expect a warm welcome at Bodmin Keep – as well as the impressive collections, you’ll find family friendly activities including military dress up, bugle playing and arts and crafts. Explore the Cold War-era Regimental cells, and march up the stone staircases in the footsteps of the soldiers of days gone by.  The museum is open seven days a week during school holidays, and holds various special events throughout the year – visit the museum’s website for full details.

The museum is fully dog friendly, and has a gift shop, picnic and refreshment areas and vintage & second-hand bookshop. An extensive library and archive is available for those wishing to make a research enquiry, and the museum’s volunteer research team are happy to take family history enquiries, although please do email or telephone in advance of your visit.

Family tickets and concessions are available on the museum’s website at

All tickets purchased include an annual pass - pay once, visit all year! For Sat Nav please use PL31 1DU

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Accessible Info

Our archive, library and large meeting room are on the ground floor and are fully accessible to people using wheelchairs. There is parking immediately to the rear of the museum.

The museum is on the first and second floors of the Keep. It is accessed via two flights of granite stairs and unfortunately, we don’t have a lift. If you are unable to access the museum via the stairs, but wish to see or learn about a particular item or aspect of history, please get in touch and we will do all we can to assist. We also have a touchscreen-based presentation describing the museum which is available to view in our library.

For visitors with a visual impairment, with advance booking we are able to offer supported visits tailored to your needs including ’hands on’ sessions with museum objects.

For visitors who are on the Autistic Spectrum, we can offer special quiet times and spaces, and our annual pass means that you can have lots of short visits for the price of just one if that suits you better!

The museum is dog-friendly. Assistance dogs are always welcome but please note that we reserve the right to ask for non-assistance dogs to stay outside if we are very busy.
Please do contact us in advance if you have any questions or if you would like us to assist with accessibility during your visit.

Please call or email us if you have any questions:
Tel: 01208 72810, Email:


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Mid Cornwall > Bodmin
£7.00 per person
Bodmin’s historic Keep is over 160 years old and was Cornwall’s regimental headquarters. These days it’s a museum telling the story of 300 years of the military in Cornwall: from badges, weapons, re

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