About the Museum

The museum and regimental archives are housed in a listed Militia building built in 1859.

Explore Bodmin Keep, authentic Grade II listed Victorian Army Keep in the heart of Cornwall.  

Discover the former home of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, visit the regimental cells and impressive armoury, stocked with historic weaponry.

Discover objects spanning over 300 years of Cornish military life – From the raising of the regiment in 1702 and the capture of Gibraltar in 1704, the museum covers the history of the County Regiment of Cornwall, and since 2010, has been the proud home of the Light Infantry collection. Formerly held in Winchester, the collection was moved in 2010 on the formation of The Rifles Regiment, and was re-opened in Bodmin by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

Exhibits include weapons, medals, insignia, uniforms, pictures and George Washington’s Bible, captured by the 46th Foot in 1777. Highlights of the museum’s collections include the Harry Patch display, the Sir John Moore gallery and one of the finest armouries in the South West.

The museum is a dog-friendly attraction with a gift shop, refreshment area and vintage & second-hand bookshop.

Special events and activities all year round.


Vintage & second-hand bookshop and refreshments area on site

Special events, educational visits (with activities and/or without workshops) and groups of 10 or more (including special talk and refreshments) are welcome by advance booking. For further details please visit the website.

Room hire: available for meetings, functions, groups or conferences, with or without kitchen facilities.

Library, archives and research team to assist in research enquiries.


The Light Infantry, The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 32nd (Cornwall) Light Infantry, 32nd (or the Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, Colonel Fox’s Regiment of Marines, 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, Colonel Price’s Regiment of Foot, Cornish Militia and Volunteers.


Coach Parking
Car Parking
Lecture Room
Disabled Access
Education service

Opening Times


Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) 7 day a week opening during school holidays


Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm (last admission 4pm) Sundays 12:00-4:30 (last entry at 4pm)


Closed 22nd Dec to 30th Dec. Open 31st Dec to 6th Jan. Usual opening times resume from 6th Jan 19.


Entrance Rates 2018
All tickets purchased includes an annual museum pass.
Former DCLI, SCLI and LI – Entry by discretionary donation
Adults – £6
Ages 6 – 16 years – £2
Ages 5 and under – FREE
Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children): £15
Dogs – FREE
Carers Accompanying people with a disability – FREE


The Keep, Bodmin, PL31 1EG

Tel 01208 72810


Visiting Advice

The Museum is located in Castle Canyke Road in Bodmin (the postcode for Satnav purpose is PL31 1EG). The Museum is located just a few yards from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Follow the brown signs.