Proud to be Dog Friendly!

Spingo the museum dog at Cornwall's Regimental Museum, a dog friendly attraction.

Here at Bodmin Keep we are proud to be a fully dog friendly attraction. Dogs are welcome throughout the museum, wherever our visitors are allowed. We’re always pleased to see your four-legged friends enjoying a day out!

The museum is home to three office dogs – Django, Spingo and Nessie.


Meet the Museum Dogs!


Mary & Spingo

Spingo our museum dog and Mary the museum director sitting on the war memorial with the museum in the background
Spingo, museum dog and Mary, museum director, taken in 2016


Mary and Spingo - Cornwall's Regimental Museum
All aboard! Mary and Spingo are off on an adventure!
Private Spingo during Living History weekend in the museum's ww1 guard room
Private Spingo in the guard room during the museum’s Living History weekend.



Mary may be the museum’s Director, but it’s clear that Spingo is the real boss.  Spingo is small in stature but huge in personality, and visitors will often find him up in the museum or gift shop, or curled up in a chair in the second-hand book room. Spingo is a very good boy.








Hugo & Nessie

Nessie belongs to Major Hugo White, the museum’s regimental historian.  Both are somewhat camera shy.
When she is not sleeping, Nessie has the largest appetite of the all the museum dogs, and utilises stealth and guerrilla tactics to take her chances with other people’s lunches. Nessie’s coup involving an entire sponge cake has gone down in museum history.  Even so, Nessie is a very good girl.

Hugo White and Nessie
Hugo White and Nessie
Museum dog Nessie
Museum dog, and secret cake agent

Deborah and Django

Deborah is a volunteer research team member at the museum. Django is the youngest and largest of the museum dogs, and despite his size he is a gentle giant. He loves chasing squirrels and rabbits and sleeping under the desk in the museum. Deborah gets a bit miffed, because it never seems to be her desk!

Django is the goodest of boys, having recently graduated from puppy school.

Deborah and Django
A proud moment for Deborah and Django, at Django’s graduation

Django - Museum dog at Cornwall's Regimental Museum




Perhaps you may have overindulged during the festive season, or maybe you’ve pledged to get yourself healthier in the New Year. Whatever your reason for it, getting out into the beautiful Cornish countryside is always a delight – and there’s never been a better time to visit Bodmin.

Bodmin has been the location for three new walks over two apps, developed last year:

iWalk Cornwall have added two new circular walks around Bodmin, to suit both beginners and more experienced walkers. Click the link to visit their website, or get the App for free on Apple or Android. Don’t miss their social media pages for stunning images taken on their walks.

Kneehigh Theatre’s ‘Walk With Me’ App – Part of Kneehigh’s ‘Rambles Programme’, the app combines local stories and memories with your walk, making an ‘entertaining, and often moving, living landscape rooted in real people and places’.

Both apps are free to download, and offer an ‘off the beaten path’ journey around Bodmin.  Both apps will take you within the vicinity of us, here at Bodmin Keep, or near to one of Bodmin’s other fantastic Dog Friendly venues.

Dog Friendly Bodmin

Why not visit one of our local attractions while you’re in town? Bodmin is a real destination town, with so much to see and do.  It’s not just us at the Regimental Museum – Amazingly, every single one of Bodmin’s five town attractions is dog friendly! So, what are you waiting for?!

Cornwall's Regimental Museum is proud to be Dog Friendly
Some of the doggy visitors to Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in 2017.

Bodmin Railway

Bodmin Railway is just across the road from Bodmin Keep. They welcome dogs on all of their service trains, except in areas where food is served. Dog tickets are just £1 and allow your pooch to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age on a leisurely trip through the beautiful Cornish countryside.

Visit the Bodmin Railway website to find out more.

Dog friendly - Tilly the Terrier at Bodmin Jail


Bodmin Jail is a Dog Friendly attraction, and well behaved dogs are allowed throughout the Exhibition, Gift Shop and Tea Room, but not into the Governors Hall Restaurant.

Find out more on the Bodmin Jail website 





Bodmin Town Museum

The wonderful Bodmin Town Museum on Mount Folly Square is dog friendly.  The Town Museum is closed until the spring, but it’s a great one to add to the ‘to do’ list.

Please check Bodmin Town Museum’s opening dates before planning your visit.





Dogs are welcome inside the impressive St Petroc’s Church, which is the largest parish church in Cornwall, and includes the regimental chapel of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. The church also hosts a series of events and live music concerts, find out more online.

You can visit the St Petroc’s website here, and don’t miss them on Facebook.