The ruins of the Norman Castle dominate the skyline above LauncestonLaunceston Town CentreLaunceston Castle and Visitor CentreLaunceston Steam Railway running through the Kensey ValleyThe prehistoric stone circle (The Hurlers) near Minions on Bodmin MoorCrackington Haven beach on the north coast of CornwallThe south west coastal path meanders for miles along the north Cornwall coastslide 32
Launceston was once the capital of Cornwall and it is easy to see why especially when you catch sight of the Norman Castle dominating the skyline as you approach the town. Situated close to the Devon border and within the picturesque Tamar Valley this once strategic stronghold has retained much of its ancient origins.

Set amidst rolling countryside Launceston is conveniently situated between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and within easy reach of the north and south Cornish coasts. Itís the perfect location from which to explore the rest of Cornwall as well as nearby north and west Devon.

Within this idyllic location there are a myriad of places to stay, cosy cottages, boutique B&B's, glamorous glamping and historic hotels. Whether you plan to stay for a night or two or are looking for a family get away there is somewhere for everyone to relax and unwind.

Discover family attractions and activities, history, heritage; a wealth of local events and festivals add to the local culture on offer all year round.

Launceston is well known for the independent shops lining its narrow streets and town square. You will be spoilt for choice when shopping; there are award winning local food producers, shops selling unique crafts and gifts plus there are regular markets to browse.

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The Horn of Plenty

Tavistock PL19 8JD

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The Horn of Plenty sits in 5 acres of English country gardens, overlooking the spectacular Tamar Valley.
Expect superb food, elegant surroundings, stunning views and warm, friendly staff.
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Trethorne Golf Club

Launceston PL15 8QE

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If you are looking for Hotel Accommodation, Golf Holidays, Golf Breaks, a Wedding Venue, Cycling Breaks, Society Days, Corporate Hospitality, Conference or Restaurant facilities in Cornwall, Trethorne Golf Club & Hotel is the perfect venue ... Read more

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