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Bodmin Keep reopened on 12th August 2020 on a limited basis with social distancing and cleaning measures in place to keep our visitors and staff safe.  Please see details below.

Visiting the Museum

We are open to pre- booked groups of up to 6 people from up to two households/bubbles. Opening days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with timed slots of 1 hour for a visit. You can book your visit and learn what we are doing to keep you safe through our booking page.

Please note we will be open from the 26th-30th October for October Half Term, to book a visit during this period, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Additional Needs

We warmly welcome people with additional needs. If you have specific access requirements please see our accessibility information below, or contact us to chat through your personal requirements.


Opening Hours

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12th August 2020

Bookable Admission Times:
10am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm and 3.30pm


All tickets purchased include an annual pass

Adults: £6
6-16 years: £2.50
5 & under: FREE
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £16
Dogs: FREE. 
We are proud to be a dog-friendly attraction and dogs are welcome throughout the museum, but please note that dog entry is at our discretion, especially at busy times.


  • Dog friendly attraction!
  • £6 annual adult pass

Former DCLI, SCLI and Light Infantry: No charge but we welcome a discretionary donation

Carers Accompanying people with a disability: FREE. We would be delighted to discuss any special requirements you may have, please see ‘Accessibility’ lower down this page,or contact us.

Schools or Educational Groups: Please visit our Learning pages for more information.

Find us


Our address is:

The Keep, Bodmin, PL31 1EG

The museum is easily accessible from the A30. It is located on the B3268 Lostwithiel Road.

SatNav users may wish to use the postcode PL31 1DU, which will take you to Bodmin Bowls Club, opposite to the museum’s parking area.

There is limited free parking at the rear of the museum (SatNav PL31 1DU) and additional free on-street parking nearby, plus Victoria Square pay and display car park 100 metres level walk to the rear of the museum along Castle Canyke Road.

Directions on foot
The museum is signposted from the Town Centre and is just 10 minutes walk along St Nicholas Street from the main town square.  It is 50 metres beyond the Bodmin & Wenford railway station.

Arriving by Bus 

For up to date information about bus transport visit the Bus Timetables and Frequency Guide on the Public Transport in Cornwall website.

Directions by car

From Exeter take the A30 west via Okehampton and Launceston to Bodmin

From Torbay and Plymouth take the A38 west to Bodmin

From South East Cornwall including Looe, take the A38 west to Bodmin

From West Cornwall take the A30 east to Bodmin

From Fowey take the B3268 to Bodmin

From Newquay take the A392, then the A30 east to Bodmin

From North Cornwall take the A39 to Wadebridge, then the A389 to Bodmin

From the East on the A30, follow signs for Bodmin then follow A38 Liskeard.  At Carminow Cross roundabout take the second exit onto Carminow Road then almost immediately take the first right into Castle Canyke Road.  We are a mile down this road.

From the West on the A30, come off at Carminow Cross, signposted A38 Liskeard.  At the roundabout take the first left then first right into Castle Canyke Road.  We are a mile down this road.

From Wadebridge take the A389 to Bodmin. Once you have passed Cornwall Council offices on your right you arrive at a double mini-roundabout with a clock tower.  Go straight over up Barn Lane.  this turns into Beacon Road.  Keep going until you come to a short diversion which takes you left towards the Steam Railway Station.  At the T-juntion next to the steam railway turn right and the Museum is 100 yards in front of you.


Have you seen our IMMERSIVE 3-D TOUR of the museum? It’s great to use to navigate our site and plan your visit. 

Bodmin Keep is an un-modernised building and the museum is on the first and second floors.  It is accessed via two flights of granite stairs and unfortunately, we don’t yet 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.

Our archive, library and large meeting room are on the ground floor and are fully accessible (by appointment) to people using wheelchairs.  There is parking immediately to the rear of the museum.

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 with autism, 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! 

Sensory bags 

Explore Bodmin Keep with one of our sensory bags which have been created for people with autism and  learning difficulties.  These are available to borrow from the Welcome Desk. 

Download our pre-visit guide:

Easy Read Pre-Visit Guide


The museum is dog-friendly.  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.  Tel: 01208 72810  Email:

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