Situated close to the Devon border and within the picturesque Tamar Valley, Launceston is a delightful town that has retained much of its ancient origins and is the ideal base to explore all of what Devon and Cornwall have to offer.
Known as the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston is full of history. The town has many fine buildings, still boasting a medieval south gate and the ruins of a castle.
Launceston Castle, set on a natural mound and dominating the surrounding landscape, offers breathtaking views of the historic town and countryside. The castle’s long history can be explored in a display which traces 1,000 years and the castle grounds are ideal for relaxing and picnicking while you enjoy the great views of the surrounding valley.
Lawrence House is a beautiful Georgian house built in 1753. It is now owned by the National Trust and leased to Launceston Town Council, who use it for the Lawrence House Museum.
Exploring the countryside
If you love to explore the great outdoors, then Launceston is for you. Near to both Bodmin Moor and the Tamar Valley, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting out in the fresh air.
Bodmin Moor is the largest section of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a brilliant place for walking with over 100 square miles to explore.
The Tamar Valley extends north from the broad estuary at Plymouth to the intricate, deeply incised river that meanders just below Launceston and Tavistock. It has something for everyone – from walking, cycling and horse riding along one of its recreational trails, to shopping, eating, sightseeing and visiting historic houses and gardens.
With the kids
If you want a day out with the kids, Launceston is the perfect base. Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre can be found in the town and is a great place for the animal-loving family. And very close to Launceston, the Trethorne Leisure Park provides an all-weather family day out. Hidden Valley Discovery Park is also a great option for a day of discovery and exploration.
Set within easy reach of many of Devon and Cornwall’s coastlines, you’ll be spoilt for choice for a beach if you’re heading from Launceston. The likes of Polzeath, Perranporth, Saunton Sands and Constantine Bay, among others are all nearby.
With easy access to the A30 and A388 and regular bus services, commuting to and from Launceston will be a breeze.
Little Bakehouse: Multi award winning sourdough bakery and coffee lounge
Launceston Priory: 12th century priory ruins https://launcestonpriory.org.uk/
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