Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Cornwall's Regimental Museum - The Keep
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Explore Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, inside Bodmin's authentic Grade II listed Victorian Army Keep. Discover the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, through objects spanning over 300 years of military life.

Highlights include uniforms through the ages, one of the largest pieces of the Berlin Wall in Britain, and an impressive historic armoury.

A dog-friendly family attraction in the heart of Cornwall.

Keep an eye on our website for our special family-friendly events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archive, Library

Opening hours


Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
7 day a week opening during school holidays

Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm (last admission 4pm)
Sundays 12:00-4:30 (last entry at 4pm)

Closed 22nd Dec to 30th Dec. Open 31st Dec to 6th Jan. Usual opening times resume from 6th Jan 19.

Please see our website for further details.

Dogs welcome.

Admission charges

All tickets purchased include an annual museum pass.

Adults: £6.00
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-16: £2.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15:00

FREE for carer accompanying a person with a disability

Please see our website for further details of concessions.


  • Museums Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums
Getting there

The Keep is located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which was built to service the Barracks. Visitors to the steam railway receive up to 40% off museum entry with a valid ticket.

We are less than a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre. Limited free parking to the rear of the museum (SatNav: PL31 1DU), or public parking nearby.

Additional info

Our archive, library and large meeting room are on the ground floor and are fully accessible to people using wheelchairs. There is free 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, and 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.

A fine collection of medals, weapons, uniforms, paintings and artefacts are clearly displayed and will appeal to all age groups, enhancing and bringing to life much of the country’s history covered in the National Curriculum.

An extensive library and archive exists and willing volunteers will help you research family history.

Collection details

Coins and Medals, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An historic view of the exterior of The Keep, Bodmin's Barracks

The History of the Barracks Exhibition

  • 18 March 2017 — 18 March 2018 *on now

The exhibition incorporates a model of the barracks, old photographs and plans which tell the story. It includes information about 'The Keep' which today houses the museum and was originally built in 1859 to provide stores and a parade ground for the Royal Cornwall Rangers Militia Regiment. This was later extended into Victoria Barracks in 1881 with the addition of many other buildings, including separate soldiers’ quarters for the newly formed Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). The exhibition also shows how the site expanded further into Walker Lines Camp which was constructed in 1940/41 to house troops preparing for the invasion of the European mainland.

We’re keen to gather more information about the barracks and would love to hear from people who have any memories of the working and social life of the barracks in its heyday.

The exhibition opens on Saturday the 18th March 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age


There is no additional fee for this exhibition, usual Museum entry charges apply.

Adult: £6, Ages 6-18: £2, Children 5 and under are free. For concessionary rates please see the museum's website, or get in touch.

Dogs are welcome free of charge as usual.


I am a Rifleman: Touring Exhibition

I AM A RIFLEMAN Touring Exhibition

  • 17 March — 12 July 2018 *on now

The ‘I am a Rifleman’ touring exhibition is coming to Bodmin from The Rifles Collection in Winchester.

The heritage of The Rifles dates back to 1685, however its ethos is drawn from the Peninsular War. Then, as today, independence of thought and action were prized amongst the specialist soldiers who were known as Riflemen.

The exhibition focuses on the current regiment, The Rifles, which is an infantry regiment known for its innovation and forward thinking, as well as mutual respect and self-discipline.

The first stop on the exhibition's tour will be Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, in Bodmin.

Suitable for

  • Any age


No extra charge for exhibition, museum's usual entry rates apply. Please see the website for further information.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Volunteers at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Volunteer Open Day at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

  • 4 June — 4 July 2018

Come along to a Volunteer Open Day on Saturday the 10th March or Monday the 4th June, and see how you can get involved.

Volunteering at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is a fantastic way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support a local charity.

Visitor Services Volunteer Linda says:

"I am generally a gregarious person and this role at the reception desk/shop allowed me to meet & greet visitors, chat about the museum or anything else & at the same time give me a sense of ‘belonging’. The team of staff & volunteers are so friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. I have found volunteering so fulfilling."

There are a wide variety of roles available – everything from events & marketing, to historical research, even sewing! If you have a specific skill or interest that you think could be an asset to us, get in touch or come along!

Pop in anytime between 2pm and 4pm on either date for a cuppa and a chat, and get to know some of our friendly team.

If you’d like to find out more, or if you’d be interested but can’t make it on these dates, give the museum a call on 01208 72810 or email

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Half term activities at Cornwall's Regimental Museum

February Half Term at Bodmin Keep

  • 12 — 18 March 2018 *on now

Explore an authentic Victorian Army Keep this February Half Term. March through the historic gates of Bodmin Keep, discover the Cold-War era military police cell and impressive armoury. Try your hand at one of our fantastic family activities, taking place daily:

* Arts and crafts fun make & take sessions

* Military dressing up

* Our fun trail and quiz

* Become a ‘Young Curator’

* The chance to play the bugle and drum!

Plus special half term activities on selected dates –

Sunday 11th:

To kick start February Half Term, the Living History group The 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot 1808-1815 will be making an appearance for their Drill Practice Day, taking place at Bodmin Keep on Sunday the 11th February. There will be marching and drill displays at 12:00 and 14:00.
(Please note, during the Drill Practice Days parking may be limited, and there may be loud noises, which dog owners or families with small children may wish to consider before planning their visit.)

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm:

Fun camouflage face painting and make and take craft sessions. Make your own military dog tag to take home!

Weekdays, Monday 12th – Friday 16th:

There will be special Gun Handling Sessions at 11am and 2pm each day from Monday 12th – Friday 16th February. These are an excellent opportunity for children and adults alike to get hands on with the collection and learn about the historic weaponry used throughout hundreds of years of battle, and the innovations and pitfalls of firearms throughout the ages. Discover one of the finest collections of weaponry in the South West and get up close and personal with the museum’s impressive armoury inside ‘The Keep’, the former barracks of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regiment. Half Term Gun handling sessions will take place during weekdays only.

Visit our second hand book room and refreshment area. Dogs are welcome throughout the museum. We have free parking at the rear of the museum, and overflow parking nearby at the pay and display.

Suitable for

  • Any age


No extra charges for events, usual museum entry rates apply.
Adults £6, Ages 6-16 £2, under 6's are free.
For more details and to plan your visit, please visit the museum's website.


Getting there

The Keep is located on Lostwithiel Road, 100 yds from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which was built to service the Barracks. Visitors to the steam railway receive up to 40% off museum entry with a valid ticket.

We are less than a 10 minute walk from Bodmin town centre. Limited free parking to the rear of the museum (SatNav: PL31 1DU), or public parking nearby.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum
The Keep
PL31 1EG (SatNav PL31 1DU)




01208 72810

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.