Bodmin Keep welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Saturday, 10AM – 5PM (last entry 4pm).

We are open throughout the winter except for our Christmas closure, 24th December to 4th January.

Pre-booking is no longer required but we would still encourage visitors to wear a mask to protect themselves, visitors, volunteers and staff.

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum!

Online Shop

We have some great gifts in our online museum shop! From books to children’s gifts and souvenirs.

It’s a great way of supporting the museum when you are unable to visit or need a gift for someone special. 

Learning Resources

We’ve added lots of content to our website to aid learning and inspiration from home – so do check out our Learning resources page to help with home learning.


The Keep News 

And don’t forget to keep in touch with us via social media and sign up to The Keep News for all the latest news. (Sign up is at the bottom of this page!) 


Online Tour!

You can explore our historic building via our online tour.

  • Dog friendly attraction!
  • £7 annual adult pass

Plan your visit

We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 5PM (last entry 4PM).


Thanks for a great day, my boys loved dressing up and handling the guns.  The museum was very interesting and the boys enjoyed the quiz as we went around.  Lovely staff too, thanks.

What's On

Concrete Castles
July 27, 2021 Art ExhibitionArtist talkCurator talkFamily FriendlyWW2

Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940

As part of a year-long programme of events telling the stories of Cornwall and the Second World War, we have...


Pill Box Overlooking the Beach at Sennen Cove
November 25th, 2021

Last Week to see the Concrete Castes exhibition at Bodmin Keep!

The Concrete castles exhibition is coming to a close at Bodmin keep and will move onto it’s next host venue....

General Sir Peter de la Billière
November 25th, 2021

A Visit from General Sir Peter de la Billière

This week the museum was delighted to welcome General Sir Peter de la Billière.  He originally enlisted as a Private in...

Anthony Adams MM 5DCLI
November 25th, 2021

The Battle of Hoven Wood – November 21 – 23rd 1944

The 5th DCLI were a volunteer battalion, part of the Territorial Army which was a part time component of the British...

Final Relief of Lucknow
November 18th, 2021

The Final Relief of Lucknow – November 1857

This week is the anniversary of the Final Relief of Lucknow in 1857, the relief followed a period of rebellion...

William H Parrish DCLI
November 12th, 2021

Remembering First World War Soldier, William Henry Parish DCLI

Private William Henry Parrish served in B Company 7th (Service) Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI), was born in...

Soldiers and Bodmin Boys at Walker Lines Camp WWII
November 11th, 2021

Bodmin at War

Bodmin at War as You’ve Never Seen Before, through the lens of George Ellis. A professional press photographer, Mr Ellis...

Shire Hall Remembrance
November 11th, 2021

Bodmin Remembers

On Remembrance Day, here at The Keep we are reminded of the thousands of men from every Cornish family who...

November 5th, 2021

Beyond Digitisation – A 3D Scanning project

We are pleased to be able to share the amazing 3D scanning work by Purpose 3D, who have been working...

archive at Bodmin Keep
November 5th, 2021

4th November – World Digital Preservation Day

Launching the First World War Digital Archive Following a 4-year project funded by a LIBOR grant from the Chancellor of...

Officer Grenadier Wings
November 5th, 2021

Grenadier Officer’s Wings of the 46th Regiment

Grenadiers were tough troops, armed with a bag of grenades, a hatchet, a firelock musket and bayonet. Their special role...

Family Visit
November 5th, 2021

No need to pre-book your visit!

You now no longer need to pre book your visit to Bodmin Keep…. just walk up and see us! Open...

The Lucknow Drum
October 22nd, 2021

The Lucknow Bass Drum

The museum at Bodmin Keep holds many musical instruments, and one of the key pieces in the military music collection...

Verity Antiques Road Trip BBC
October 20th, 2021

Antiques Road Trip Visits Bodmin Keep!

Did you catch us on the Antiques Road Trip episode? Well, you can catch up on it here! Filmed back...

Remembrance loan box
October 20th, 2021


We’re thrilled to have schools and colleges returning to visit the museum with groups this academic year!    If you’re...

Concrete Castles Exhibition - artist and curator talk
October 18th, 2021

Meet the Artists & Curator of Concrete Castles Exhibition!

Join us for two in gallery talks, both are FREE and are with the artists and curator of the excellent...

32nd Of Foot Drill and Demonstration Day
October 11th, 2021

Napoleonic Era Drills & Demonstrations at Bodmin Keep

We are thrilled to welcome back great friends of Bodmin Keep the living history group the 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot....

Mau Mau Pistol
October 11th, 2021

The Homemade Pistol

This homemade pistol was captured by a solider from a Light Infantry regiment during their deployment in Kenya (1955-1957) to...

October Half Term activities
October 7th, 2021

Explore the Second World War with wartime games, weaponry talks & Make Do and Mend!

We have a full programme of Second World War themed family activities for all ages this October half term.  ...

A uniform displaying the epaulette's and breast plate
September 29th, 2021

From dashing red jackets to wellington boots.. how military uniforms evolve

Uniform design has evolved over generations of warfare, shaped by the technology of war. Until the mid-19th century, gunpowder produced...

Boer War Egg
September 22nd, 2021

A Meal for Hungry Soldiers

The Boer War 1899 – 1902 The Boer War or the South African War dates from 1899 – 1902 and was fought...

Pill Box Overlooking the Beach at Sennen Cove
September 15th, 2021

Ghosts in the Landscape

In reaction to the threat of invasion by Nazi Germany in the summer of 1940, Britain hastily constructed multiple series...

September 14th, 2021


TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE MUSEUM!  Help us care for the Light Infantry collection, preserve its heritage and share its...

Bodmin's Doughnut Dugout WW2
August 18th, 2021

Boosting morale by delivering coffee and doughnuts to homesick troops!

Wherever the American soldiers went, ladies of the American Red Cross would follow… America joined the war effort in December...