Often referred to as ‘The Gateway to Cornwall’ in North Cornwall, Launceston is situated right on the edge of the Devon and Cornwall border, which gives you a fantastic opportunity to enjoy attractions and sites in both counties on your holiday with real ease. It might just be the perfect place to take your holiday to be able to explore the hundreds of attractions all within a short drive.
With the ruins of an 11th century castle overlooking the town, Launceston boasts an amazing history and this delightful market town holds all the charm and allure that you’d expect to find in the ancient capital of Cornwall.
Being in the middle of the north and south coast of Cornwall you are always only a short drive from numerous beautiful beaches. To the north you have a selection of beaches to choose from in Bude, a stunning coastal town, including Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches. To the South head a little further along and visit St Mawes or the many Falmouth beaches, including Gyllyngvase and Swanpool.
In between Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor National Park you are never far from a nature trail or woodland walk. Lots of guided walks leave from across the moor every day, which vary depending on your ability. With so many tranquil spots across the area, why would you need to head anywhere else? Take a food hamper with you and explore the many stunning spots across the moorland perfect for a picnic lunch.
In Launceston itself you can visit the fantastic Launceston Steam Railway for a “chug” of nostalgia or for a more active day head over to Trethorne Leisure Park and spend the day as a family using the indoor facilities from bowling to dodgems. If you are feeling really active there are plenty of sports clubs and golf clubs in the area to enjoy.
Launceston has a rich history and is now focused around the castle ruins in the town. Take a visit up to the castle and learn about how the castle used to be a prison holding prisoners like George Fox, founder of the Quakers religious group. For more heritage facts about the town, head into Lawerence House Museum, full of information about the town’s history, free to attend and they welcome all ages.
between Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor National Park you are never far from a nature trail or woodland walk
The town holds many street markets in the square including local produce fairs, arts and crafts fairs and exhibitions of local businesses; this is on top of the local farmers’ market, which is held every Friday in the Central Methodist Church in the town.
With so many different types of accommodation around the area from B&Bs to hotels, from campsites to cottages you are bound to find the place suitable for your Cornwall holiday.