Cornwall's Regimental Museum

Cornwall's Regimental Museum - The Keep
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Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is recognised as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England. Housed in “The Keep”, former army barracks and imposing Grade II listed building, the large and varied collection tells the story of the County Regiment from 1702 until the present date, as well as the national collection of the Light Infantry.
An excellent collection of uniforms, weaponry, medals, musical instruments, decorative and fine arts and some surprises - such as the biggest piece of the Berlin wall in the country.
Dogs are welcome. Look out for our special family events.

Venue Type:

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

Opening hours


Mid March - October: Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
(last admission 4.30 pm)

November - March: Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
(last admission 4:00 pm)

Please see our website for further details.

Dogs welcome.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00 (includes an annual pass)
Children 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-18: £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.

Additional info

Unfortunately wheelchair access is only available to the Archive and Library areas of the building (ground floor). The Museum is located on the first and second floor however, there is a 'virtual tour' (computerised) of the Museum for those unable to manage the stairs. Ask in the 'Rifles Office' for access to this on arrival (ground floor)

Second hand book sale on the ground floor.

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.


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.
Museums at Night Poster for Cornwall's Regimental Museum event, Bodmin

Museums at Night: Mission Museum

  • 27 October 2017 7-9pm

Calling all codebreakers, detectives and secret squirrels! Explore the historic Army Keep by torchlight and find the clues written in invisible ink.

Join us from 7:00 pm on Friday the 27th October for a special late opening ‘Museums at Night’ event: Mission Museum.

Bring a torch and explore Bodmin Keep, historic home of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regiment, and the heart of Cornwall’s Military life for over 150 years. Discover the trail of clues, but look carefully – vital intelligence will be concealed in UV ink! Visitors must solve the invisible clues to complete the mission.

Suitable for all ages.

Dog friendly. Free Parking - SatNav Postcode: PL31 1DU.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Usual entry charges apply: Adults £6 (includes an annual pass), ages 6-18 £2, ages 5 and under FREE!


Kernow Concerts Present: BENE AMICI TRIO

  • 17 December 2017 From 7:30pm

A renaissance Christmas celebration, with the renowned trio of soprano Lucile Clitherow and lutenists Ben Salfield & Denys Stephens.

For more information and tickets please see our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £10, under 16’s free.


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.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum
The Keep
PL31 1EG




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.