Lannstevan a’gas dynnergh - Welcome to Launceston
Once the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston retains its heritage, history and mystery, all reflected in the architecture and fine buildings in this rural market town.
The town is dominated by Launceston Castle, built just after the Norman Conquest. From the castle keep it is easy to imagine how Launceston was able to defend Cornwall from marauding invaders crossing from Devon over the nearby river border.
Today visitors are welcomed as they explore the bustling town and surrounding villages. Discover Lawrence House, a child friendly museum with free admission described as one of the best museums in the country; or the tragic story surrounding St Mary Magdalene Church with its finely carved granite exterior. Visit Launceston Steam Railway with its lovingly restored engines from a bygone era. Further afield there are moors and coasts, tracks and trails waiting to be explored.
Shoppers will love browsing the independent shops and community markets offering locally sourced goods from foods to arts and crafts. If you are looking for entertainment there are exhibitions, shows and Launceston’s Charles Causley Festival – the annual literary celebration of the poetry and works of this famous resident.
Discover more about Launceston, what to see and do when you visit. The town, often described as a gem is high on the ‘to-do’ list for many visitors to the county. Follow the town trails, buy a pasty, and enjoy the views from the castle green. Visit Lawrence House, a child friendly museum located near the castle grounds.
Down in the valley, below Launceston Castle lays Newport. Here the River Kensey flows through beautiful countryside and the steam train puffs on the line to Newmills. The tranquillity of the area belies its importance in both Launceston and Cornwall’s history.
Situated between the North and South Cornish coasts and on the county border with Devon, Launceston is perfectly located to stay, relax, explore, and return to time after time.
Launceston Tourist Information Centre is now located in the White Hart Arcade, Launceston. PL15 8AA.
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Telephone 01566 772321