Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel, South Cornwall
Lostwithiel, South Cornwall credit Tony Watson
Lostwithiel, South Cornwall
Lostwithiel, Cornwall c Matt Jessop
Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel | Cornwall c English Heritage

Discover Lostwithiel 

Lostwithiel’s history as the former capital of Cornwall, albeit 700 years ago, means the ancient buildings and narrow alleyways around the town prove to be an intriguing place to visit and as you’ll discover, home to numerous antique and interior design shops that the town has become famous for. Here you’ll find second hand shop in the cellars of centuries’ old buildings, a royal castle perched up on the hill, pleasant walks beside the River Fowey and some excellent pubs, cafes, delis and restaurants.

Things to do in Lostwithiel

  • Spend the morning trawling round the town’s numerous antique shops rummaging through what’s on offer. As it’s all about antiques in Lostwithiel, local auctioneers, Jeffery’s, holds fortnightly auctions of collectables at their auction rooms in South Street 
  • The 13th century ruin of Restormel Castle stands on a hill overlooking the town and is famous for its well-preserved defensive walls. Once the luxurious home of the Earls of Cornwall, a title in the past conferred on the heir to the throne, former residents include Edward the Black Prince who lived in the castle between 1354 and 1365
  • At the nearby Duchy Nursery you’ll find one of Cornwall’s best stocked nurseries. Take your pick from a huge collection of fuchsias, camellias, conifers, trees, shrubs and perennials and create that perfect Cornish garden back home. The cafe has stunning views across the valley to Restormel Castle.
  • Visit the town museum (free entry) in Fore Street and discover Lostwithiel’s heritage. Housed in the Georgian Corn Exchange and the adjoining former Town Gaol, artefacts donated by local people, including an original 18th century fire engine, retell the long history of the town. Open: Easter to end of September 
  • Feed the ducks at Lerryn, a small village located on a wooded creek three miles away.  If the tides out you can and cross the river on stepping stones, otherwise use the medieval bridge. The river and woods were thought to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s famous novel “Wind in the Willows”, and a walk through them leads to St Winnow and a museum of farming.  A more tranquil setting, you’d be hard pushed to find. Cream teas are served from the local shop 

Useful Lostwithiel links

Lostwithiel Town Information Centre
Whats on in Lostwithiel 
Where to stay in Lostwithiel

Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

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