Launceston, Cornwall
Launceston, Cornwall
Launceston, Cornwall
Launceston, Cornwall
Launceston, Cornwall

Discover Launceston

Walk around the narrow streets of Launceston and you get a real sense of the town’s ancient history. Up on the hill is a Norman castle and nearby prison, where notables including George Fox of the Quaker movement was imprisoned. Overlooking the rolling countryside, you can see remains of the defensive wall that once circled the town, there’s a 14th century gatehouse into the old town and tucked away below the castle is a row of grand houses that Sir John Betjeman described as the loveliest Georgian street in Cornwall.

Still a hub of activity, Launceston serves the local agricultural community who come to the town from miles around so you’ll find traditional butchers and bakers along with independent shops selling everything from second hand books to pet supplies. The indoor Friday Market at St Mary's Hall selling locally produced food, plants and an assortment of crafts and the market held in the Town Square every month give a window into rural life in Cornwall that stays traditional and friendly.

Reasons to visit Launceston

  • Steeped in history 
  • Home to the famous Launceston castle 
  • Array of shops offering locally sourced goods from food and clothes to arts and crafts 
  • Surrounded by beautiful countryside 
  • Perfectly located to stay, relax, explore and return time after time 

Things to do in Launceston

  • Built in the 13th century the thick-walled Launceston Castle demonstrates the town's former strategic importance and has fantastic views out over the countryside and town below. The Castle Green is free admission and is the perfect spot for a Cornish picnic 
  • The Lawrence House Museum, (free entry) gives an absorbing insight into the life and times of the local community from prehistoric objects to a collection of vacuum cleaners 
  • Launceston Steam Railway’s five mile round trip through the Kensey Valley to the hamlet of Newmills gives an enjoyable insight to the days of when freight and passengers were hauled by Victorian steam locomotives 
  • Take the town trail and learn some fantastic facts about Launceston whilst wondering around the beautiful countryside 
  • Visit the Magdalene Church in Launceston and take in the beautiful carved exterior 
  • Walk up to Kit Hill where you will experience some of Cornwall’s most fantastic views. Being the highest point in the Tamar Valley, you will spot Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Plymouth and the Eddystone lighthouse 
  • See where famous writer/poet and local lad Charles Causley lived at No 2 Cyprus Well, Ridgegrove Hill, PL15 8BT.

Launceston links

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Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Launceston
John Betjeman described Launceston as having the most perfect collection of 18th century townhouses in Cornwall.

All weather attraction offering large indoor and outdoor play areas, animal activities, bowling alleys, Dodgems, bars, amusement arcade and restaurant.  

The Copper Trail is a walking route on Bodmin Moor. In total the walk is approximately 60 miles in length, passing through the many and varied landscapes and villages on the moor. 

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Launceston
The Charlie Bears Gallery is the perfect attraction for Charlie Bears collectors and teddy bear enthusiasts alike! Suitable for the whole family this enchanted wonderland is always fun, whatever the weather.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Launceston
Launceston Golf Club is a great venue for a day’s golf. The Club’s bar and restaurant are open to members and non-members. There is a well-stocked Professional’s shop.

Jo Downs handmade glass can be seen at her three galleries and her studio all based in Cornwall. You will surely be inspired by Joʼs beautiful art and giftware ranges.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Launceston
Aerosaurus Balloons offer Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flights from Launceston and Bodmin East.  Float peacefully over beautiful countryside, villages and towns whilst sipping a chilled glass of Champagne!

Full of legend, mystery, romance and even, according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit, Jamaica Inn in Bolventor nr Launceston,  is set in one of the most evocative moorland locations in Britain.

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