Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum

Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum

Bodmin Keep has been standing proudly near the centre of town for over 150 years: built in 1859, it has buzzed with military activity throughout the ages, making it Bodmin's most prestigious historical building. Today behind the imposing exterior high walls, it's home to a fascinating collection that tells the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Collections cover Waterloo, World War One, World War Two, Boer War, Soldier's art, The Light Infantry and lots lots more! The galleries are only accessible via 2 flights of stairs and there is a recreated 'above ground' World War One trench in the old parade Ground.

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  • Large fragment of the Berlin Wall

    The museum has one of the largest fragments of the Berlin Wall in the country. The display clearly depicts both the East and West sectors of the city of Berlin and guards from both sides.

  • The Lucknow Counterpane

    Part of our collection of textile artefacts, the Lucknow patchwork was made by the women of the British residency who were trapped during the siege of Lucknow in 1857. The patchwork is made from the uniforms of fallen soldiers.

Admission & prices

2021 Opening:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)

All tickets purchased include an annual museum pass.
Adults: £7
Ages 6 - 16: £3.00
Age 5 and under: FREE
Carer with person with a disability: FREE

Visit our website for more information and to pre-book your visit.

Find us

Signposted from the Town Centre and just 50 metres from The Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway station.

We are less than 10 minutes' walk from Bodmin town centre.

Please see our website for visitor information and further directions


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

We regret that wheelchair access is to the ground floor only, however there is a virtual tour available. Please contact us for further details.
Self service refreshment area, vintage & second hand book shop.

We are dog-friendly!
Vintage & second-hand book shop
Special events during school holidays
School visits / educational visits (with or without set workshops/ activities)
Our research team can help you discover your family's military past.

For further details please visit the website

The Keep
PL31 1EG
PL31 1EG

T: 01208 72810

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Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum

The Keep
PL31 1EG