Lannstevan a’gas dynnergh - Welcome to Launceston
Celebrating the life and work of local Launceston poet Charles Causley one of the finest poets of the twentieth century, the festival is held in Launceston every June and features the very best in the fields of literature and the performing arts.
Discover more about Launceston's Literary Festival, what’s on and where to stay and so much more about Launceston, a historic gem in hidden Cornwall.
The ancient market town of Launceston is known as the "Gateway to Cornwall" and was once the capital of Cornwall.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to the River Tamar, the town is dominated by Launceston Castle first constructed in Norman times. The narrow, granite lined medieval streets, market square and Southgate Arch reflect earlier times when the castle protected the town built within its wide walls and guarded entrances.
Launceston is steeped in history; there is an abundance of architecturally fascinating styles and periods amongst the shops and houses lining the winding streets and lanes. St Mary Magdalene Church has an intricately carved exterior and is one of the finest examples of this architecture in England.
Lawrence House, home to Launceston’s museum is a fine Georgian building in Castle Street. John Betjeman described this street as ‘having the most perfect collection of 18th Century townhouses in Cornwall.
Today the town has an exciting array of individual shops selling a wide range of products. Locally produced food and drink including the traditional Cornish pasty are on sale in shops, restaurants, cafes and the traditional markets held in the town.
Launceston Tourist Information Centre is now located in the White Hart Arcade, Launceston. PL15 8AA.
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