Dartmoor with its prehistoric stone circles is within easy reach of Launceston

Towards Devon

Launceston is situated on the border between Cornwall and Devon, the River Tamar divides the counties as it flows through the Tamar Valley and onwards to Plymouth.

Launceston is an ideal place to stay with its holiday cottages, B&B's and family places to stay spread across the Cornwall and Devon border. The historic towns and villages of West Devon are a short distance away and are well worth a visit. Tavistock is an ancient stannary town with an indoor pannier market and famous for its Goose Fair held each October. West Devon has historic houses, great gardens and nurseries, arts and crafts, wildlife and walks, whilst not forgetting family friendly local attractions.

Morwellham Quay, situated on the Devon side of the River Tamar and where the BBC series 'Edwardian Farm' was recently filmed, is an award winning visitor centre which transports you back to the 1860's when the once bustling port was at the heart of the copper trade. Take a train into a copper mine, see the Victorian farm, wander the nature reserve and have an entertaining day out, its not to be missed!

There are many walks and trails in the area, the newly opened Drakes Trail between Tavistock and Plymouth is a network of walking and cycling trails suitalble for all the family. The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail follows the valley between Launceston and Plymouth passing through outstanding countryside and interesting villages on the way. Explore Lydford Gorge; a magical place with its ancient legends and beauty; see theWhitelady Waterfall, walk over the Devils Cauldron and watch the birds and wildlife from the woodland hide.  

The Tamar Valley is a continuing source of inspiration to artists in the area. Turner visited during the early ninteenth century, today artist's are still Drawn to the Valley, holding regular exhibitions and Open Studios throughout the year.

Near Launceston is Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, a unique all weather attraction with indoor picnic facilities. Here everyone can enjoy the vintage fairground rides, stalls and shows as well as the large collection of fairground art and memorabilia. Throughout the year Dingles hosts unmissable themed events, check out when the next one is on!

A journey around West Devon is not complete without trying the local produce or stopping for a meal produced by highly regarded chef's. The area has an abundance of places to eat, drink or purchase locally produced goodies to take home with you. Take time out to visit the unique local shops and businesses situated across the river!

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