Launceston is an old town, set on a hill at a major road junction, with a compact shopping centre. Launceston was once the county capital until the 19th century and even had it's own mint up to the 13th century.
A visit to Launceston is ideal if you like churches, try St Mary Magdalene for it's unique 16th century granite carving, St Thomas's for the largest font in Cornwall, and St Stephen-by-Launceston, 1.5 miles north by the Golf Club, as this church was the mother church of the town.
You can get a 'Town Trail' leaflet which will guide through the streets and notable buildings, including the castle, which is also the start of the 'Two Castles Trail' to Okehampton Castle and the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail.
The countryside around Launceston includes the Tamar Valley, and is popular for self-catering holidays due to it's central location near the Cornish border with Devon.
Trethorne Leisure Farm Fun time for children.
Launceston Castle Ruined Norman keep and gateway, with gardens.
Lawrence House Museum The museum is in a Georgian house.
Roadford Lake Country Park 6.9 miles Good for circular walks and water sports.
Launceston Steam Railway Take a trip on this narrow-gauge railway.
Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre See the otters !
Travel across the remote Bodmin Moor and stop at Bolventor.
Towns Near Launceston To Visit - straight line distance:Bratton Clovelly (9.32 miles) Callington (9.50 miles) Bolventor (10.37 miles) Lydford (11.07 miles)