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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.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Launceston to Visit



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.


Out & About

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.


Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre See the otters !

Days Out around Launceston.

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)
How to get to Launceston
Launceston, A30, or take the A395 off the A39

Launceston Tourist Information Centre

  • Market House Arcade
    Market Street
    PL15 8EP
    Tel: 01566 772321
Nearby Hotels
Arundell Arms
Fore Street Lifton PL16 0AA
3.3 miles

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Bradridge Farm
Boyton Launceston PL159RL

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Trethorne Golf Club
Kennards House near Launceston PL15 8QE

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Poole Farm
Druxton, Near St Giles on the Heath Launceston PL15 9SX

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Holiday Cottages
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Boyton near Launceston PL15 9RF
Sleeps 4
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Hardstone Barn
near Launceston PL19 0QJ
Sleeps 10
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5 Well Meadow
Egloskerry near Launceston PL15 8SS
Sleeps 6
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Launceston Weather
Saturday 18th April
Day :Sunny skies14°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies3°C Clear skies
Sunday 19th April
Day :Cloudy skies14°C Cloudy skies
Night :Clear skies3°C Clear skies
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