About the location

The surrounding area

What's nearby

Local towns and amenities

Things to do/Places to visit

Nearby attractions and things to do

What's Nearby

About the location

The town of Launceston, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border, has wonderful architecture, including some fine Georgian buildings in the central square, and is dominated by the ruins of a Norman castle sitting high above the town.

Visit the Tamar Otter Park just 3 miles away or take a trip on the steam train from Launceston through the beautiful Kensey Valley on a 5-mile round trip. Launceston is within driving distance of the seaside resorts of Bude and Padstow to the north, and Plymouth to the south, as well as the stunning Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.

A superb base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.Launceston became known as Cornwall's northern gateway with the building of the Keep in 1067, still an imposing monument that overlooks the town and surrounding countryside. Interesting small shops, a museum and the steam railway which runs for 1.5 miles through the Kensey Valley makes this town a worthwhile visit. There are two golf courses, a riding school and, not far from nearby North Petherwin, the Tamar Otter Sanctuary.

What's nearby

Nearest shop: 3 miles (Whitstone Village Stores, Cafe and Bar)
Nearest supermarket - 8miles (Tesco) or 9 miles (Waitrose)
Nearest pub:   3 miles (Countryman)
Nearest beach - 10 miles (Widemouth) or 10 miles (Black Rock - dog friendly)

TOWNS
(Within 15 miles)

Liskeard is a perfect base from which to explore. Situated at the head of the Looe Valley it's long been an important market centre and was one of the four original Stannery towns. A picturesque and lively market town full of interesting buildings, a Victorian Guildhall, clock tower and a variety of shops. The mining industry placed an important part in the town's growth and in 1828 a canal link enabled ore and stone to be carried down to Looe. The railway which replaced it has become today's single track branch line along scenic wooded riverbanks, the Looe Valley Line.

Launceston became known as Cornwall's northern gateway with the building of the Keep in 1067, still an imposing monument that overlooks the town and surrounding countryside. Interesting small shops, a museum and the steam railway which runs for 1.5 miles through the Kensey Valley makes this town a worthwhile visit. There are two golf courses, a riding school and, not far from nearby North Petherwin, the Tamar Otter Sanctuary.

Camelford is an ancient market town and is a great location for exploring the north Cornwall coastline, which is only 6 miles away. This mystical part of Cornwall is full of history, myths and legends, and it is cited that King Arthur met his death in nearby Slaughterbridge. The town lies on the river Camel and the main road which runs through the town links Bude in north Cornwall with Newquay and Truroin mid Cornwall. Camelford is close to many of Cornwall's most popular tourist destinations in this area including Tintagel, Boscastle, Bodmin moor and the cycle trails along the river Camel.

There's a good size car park in the centre of the town, with a choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. Enfield park is a large recreational space which lies alongside the river and there is a leisure centre in the town.

The picturesque village of Boscastle is tucked away into a steep ravine on Cornwall's rugged north Coast. Situated 5 miles from Tintagel and 14 miles south from Bude, Boscastle has a wonderful remote charm all of its own. It lies within an area of natural outstanding beauty and is a truly magical place full of old world heritage, it's easy to see why it's a popular holiday destination for so many.

Within 30 miles:
Bodmin is the former county town of Cornwall and boasts a fascinating history and a large number of popular visitor attractions. The famous Bodmin Gaol is a must-see, as are the beautiful 15th century Church of St Petroc - the largest in Cornwall - and the Regimental Museum, which boasts a superb collection of medals, uniforms, silver and arms of all sorts. Bodmin & Wenford Railway offers journeys daily. Pencarrow House & Gardens, the National Trust property at Lanhydrock and The Eden Project are within easy reach and there is golf and riding available locally. For walkers, The Camel Trail is close at hand and for the more adventurous there is, of course, an abundance of walks across Bodmin Moor.

Truro is Cornwall's only city, rising from the wealth created in the tin mines. Truro is a most pleasant county town by any standards at the tidal reach of the lovely Truro River. The name Truro is believed to have come from Tri-veru, meaning three rivers, after the Kenwyn, the Allen and the Tinney. Together these form the Truro River which flows into the Carrick Roads and the River Fal. A few small coastal and river boats still use the old quays and some offer splendid excursion trips down the river to the Carrick Roads, Falmouth and St Mawes. This is a Cathedral City with some lovely buildings and a deal of charm.

Plymouth is a port city in Devon, southwest England. It’s known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets. Sutton Harbour is home to the National Marine Aquarium, where sharks and rays glide in a deep tank. Also in the harbour are several marinas and a fish market, the Plymouth Fisheries. Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond. There are well-known landmarks, historical sites, a large indoor shopping mall and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and districts.

Things to do / Places to visit

Within 15 miles:
Trethorne Golf Club
Trethorne Leisure Park
Siblyback Lake
Country Park
Kartworld
Adrenalin Quarry
Splash Leisure Pool
Brown Willy from Jamaica Inn Walk
Cornish Cycle Hire
Launceston Steam Railway
Bodmin Moor
Launceston Castle

Within 30 miles:
The Eden Project
National Trust Lanhydrock House
Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Bodmin Jail
Tintagel Castle
Retallack Aqua Park
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Restormel Castle (Lostwithiel)

Slightly further afield:
Poldark country
Minack Theatre
Trebah Garden
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
St. Michael's Mount
Geevor Tin Mine
Truro Cathedral
Padstow Harbour
The Camel Trail
Pendennis Castle
Mousehole Harbour
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre
National Maritime Museum Cornwall (Falmouth)
Newquay Zoo
Flambards Theme Park (Helston)

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