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Charges, Directions and Visitor Information

The Museum welcomes visitors and their dogs all year round, with seasonal changes to opening hours.  If you would like to visit us as a group we are also able to provide talks and can open specially during the evenings if requested in advance. We warmly welcome people with special needs. If you have specific access requirements please see our accessibility information below, or contact us.  

Opening & Admission

opening hours

  • Main Season 2017: Mid-Mar - Oct

    Open 7 days a week
    10am - 5pm
    (last admission 4.30pm)

    Plus Bank Holiday Weekends and Special Events

  • Winter Season 2017: Nov - Mar

    Wednesday - Sunday
    10am - 4:30pm
    (last admission 4pm)


Admission Charges


All tickets purchased include an annual pass

Adults – £6

6 – 18 years – £2

5 and under – FREE

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £15

Dogs – FREE.  We are proud to be a dog friendly attraction and dogs are welcome throughout the museum, but please note that dog entry may be restricted at busy times at our discretion.


Steam Railway Ticket Holders (40% discount) – Adults £3.60, 6-18 years £1.20, 5 and Under – FREE

Former DCLI, SCLI and Light Infantry – Entry by 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.


Christmas and New Year Opening Dates


The museum will be closed between Saturday the 23rd and Thursday the 28th of December. 

We will be open from Friday the 29th December, to Sunday the 7th of January. 

Our usual winter opening hours resume from Sunday the 7th of January: Open Wed-Sun, 10:00-16:30. Closed Mon & Tues.


Getting Here


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 and 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.



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

The museum is on the first and second floors of the Keep.  It is accessed via two flights of granite stairs and unfortunately, we don’t 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.  We also have a touchscreen-based presentation describing the museum which is available to view in our library.

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 who are on the Autistic Spectrum, 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!

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.

Please call or email us if you have any questions:

Tel: 01208 72810  Email: [email protected]