Known as ‘The Gateway to Cornwall’, due to its proximity to the Devon border, the ancient town of Launceston gives holidaymakers the perfect window into typical Cornish life. From the Norman castle looking down on the quaint narrow streets below and 14th-century gatehouse taking you into the old town to its wonderful selection of independent shops and restaurants, Launceston is the perfect base for a holiday in Cornwall.
Why visit Launceston?
Launceston combines an interesting variety of historical places to visit with easy access to rolling countryside and spectacular coast. This bustling town is also home to a maze of ancient narrow streets, one of which Sir John Betjeman described as ‘the loveliest Georgian street in Cornwall’.
Things to do in Launceston:
Launceston is also perfectly placed to explore lots of fun attractions such as the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre and the Launceston Steam Railway. The delightful coastal towns and villages of Bude, Tintagel and Looe make for superb day trips with their great selection of beaches and coastal walks.
Why stay in a Launceston cottage?
Apart from staying in an ancient town steeped in history with some lovely architecture, our Launceston cottages offer the perfect retreat to come back to after a day out exploring the area. From cosy Cornwall cottages for two to dog-friendly homes for you and your pooch, we will have the perfect place for you.
Three must-see things in Launceston:
- Hop aboard the Launceston Steam Railway and enjoy the beautiful views of the Kensey Valley.
- Have fun at the Hidden Valley Discovery Park and make sure you visit the maze.
- Climb up to the famous Norman castle perched on a hilltop, carefully guarding the town below.