Launceston is an excellent base to stay on holiday in Cornwall

Launceston

Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint historic town with its surprising array of shops and businesses situated amongst narrow medieval streets that are dominated by an imposing Norman castle. Experience a town steeped in history, surrounded by rolling countryside, ideally situated to explore the beautiful Tamar Valley, and North Cornwall with its dramatic coastline and fascinating heritage.

Launceston offers independent and specialty shops selling locally produced foods through to unique and unusual gifts all situated within the towns narrow streets.The indoor Friday Market at Central Methodist Church Hall offer locally produced food, alongside an assortment of local crafts, gifts and plants.

The bustling Market in the Square is held in the Town Square (on the site of the original Market) on the second Saturday of each month all year round. Here you can browse the varied stalls with their wide variety of goods incuding localy produced food and drink, hand made jewellery, candles, soaps alongside many other interesting and unusual  gifts and essentials.

Follow the town trails, winding past St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, famed for its extravagantly carved exterior, visit the award winning Lawrence House Museum sited in a fine example of Georgian architecture. Up to the castle keep where you can enjoy panoramic views stretching far beyond Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor or down to the steam railway and take a ride through the glorious Kensey Valley

Alternatively sit on the castle green on a warm summers day and admire the intricate pattern of the townscape looking down to St. Thomas and Newport, across to St. Stephens and its Church, set high on a hill. At the end of a leisurely walk why not stop at one of Launceston's many cafés, or  for something more substantial there are restaurants serving a variety of cuisines during the day and the evening.

Launceston Castle is the starting point for two long distance walks, The Two Castles Trails between Launceston and Okehampton Castle, and the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail between Launceston and Plymouth

More places to visit in and around Launceston

Launceston

Launceston

Towards Bodmin Moor

Towards Bodmin Moor

Towards Devon

Towards Devon

The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley