The Keep Military Museum
Bridport Road (B3150)
Dorset DT1 1RN
Beside the Top o’ Town roundabout in Dorchester is what appears to be a remarkably preserved Norman castle gatehouse.
The Keep was built in 1879 as the gatehouse and prison for the Depot Barracks of the Dorsetshire Regiment, and it also served as the County Armoury. It now houses the Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Museum.
The Museum tells the 300 year history of the regiments making up the current ‘Devon and Dorsets' with artefacts, weapons, uniforms, medals and realistic battle environments. Even one of the three remaining 19th century cells is on display to give visitors an impression of life in a military prison cell.
The displays cover four floors of the building and splendid views of the surrounding countryside can be gained from the rooftop battlements.
The Keep Museum' constituent Regiments are:
- The Devonshire Regiment
- The Dorset Regiment
- The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
- The Dorset Yeomanry
- The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry
- The Dorset Militia
- The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA.
In 2005, the ‘Glorious Glosters’ were merged with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, however they are also remembered in the excellent Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester.
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Opening Times & Admission Costs
April – September inclusive: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 hours
October – March inclusive: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:30 hours
Last admission one hour before closing. Check the museum website (below) for up to date closure announcements and up to date costs.
Lift access to display floors but not the roof battlements.
Ramp at main entrance on Bridport Road.
Disabled toilet on ground floor.
There is No designated disabled parking
Blind and hearing guide dogs welcome. No induction loop.
Toilets, museum shop
No café but cold drinks are available
No baby change facilities
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1305 264 066
The Museum has excellent 'Getting There' information on their website under 'Access Statement'
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