Bodmin Keep is an original army keep and has buzzed with military activity for generations. Now a museum, it inspires and connects young and old visitors with stories of ordinary soldiers doing extraordinary things.
Recognised as one of the finest Military Museums in the Southwest of England, the museum’s collection is housed in Bodmin Keep a Grade II listed building. The original home to Cornwall’s army, the Keep was constructed at the time of the Napoleonic threats. Bodmin Keep was the home of Cornwall’s Military life for over 150 years, and still has original features such as the great stone staircases and original fireplaces. You can even experience a Cold-War era military police cell.
Covering a period between 1702 until 2007, the museum’s displays tell the stories of the Cornwall Volunteers and Volunteer Militia, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI), and home to the National Collection of the Light Infantry (LI).
There is a fine collection of medals, weapons, uniforms, paintings and artefacts enhancing and a an extensive library and archive and a team of research volunteers who are proud to help over 300 families per year discover their military family history.
Bodmin Keep is a family friendly museum in Bodmin, located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Heritage Railway which was built to service the Barracks. They hold all kinds of events and activities on selected dates all year round, and welcome all visitors, including groups, and are dog friendly too.
Admission is £7 Adult, £3 Child (under 5 years FREE) and well-behaved dogs are also welcome.
Once you have paid you can return free for a year.
Summer Opening (April 4th – October 30th) Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
Winter Opening (November 1st – April 1st) Open@ Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
For all the information about events, opening hours and access, visit the museum’s website www.bodminkeep.org