The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Situated in the heart of this ancient market town, call in for great traditional pub food and real ale. Dogs are welcome and there's a childrens menu available.
Think Millook Haven Beach and the first thing that comes to mind is geology. Taking pride of place in the cliffs behind the beach are the world famous zigzag folds. Sit on the pebbly foreshore and take in nature's marvellous designs. From the rolling surf to the fascinating cliffs, Millook Haven Beach offers a feast for the eyes. The beach is dog-friendly year-round. There are no lifeguards.
We were driving along the scenic (and rather steep in places) coastal route from Crackington Haven to Bude, and stumbled upon this place. Travelling north, the first thing you see is the spectacular zigzag rock formations on the cliff. We had to stop and investigate. There isn't a car park - but luckily there was enough room on the roadside. It is a rocky beach. The colours and patterns in the rock make the stop a must to view and photograph the amazingness of natures forces.
Starting from Walk House Car Park in Tower Hill, this trail takes you on a historical walk around the town with examples of every significant type of achitecture since the Norman Conquest. See their Web site for the detailed walk including building descriptions.
Launceston is almost entirely contained within its ancient original walls and has some unique architecture, including the imposing castle ruins that peer over the town.
Launceston is an upbeat town with a fascinating history and good range of shops. I recommend the castle, if you don't mind heights!
Straight out of Thomas the Tank Engine, this is a fun-filled excursion whatever the weather. Learn about the little locomotives, or just sit back and enjoy ride.
A quirky little train journey! We were glamping at Western Meadows (near New Mill Farm Park) and caught the quaint little steam train from the Farm Park into the town of Launceston for a look around. The children loved the 2 mile journey through countryside, it really did feel like we were stepping back in time.
Traditional farmhouse food, homecooked on the Aga. Good vegetarian and gluten-free options are usually available here.
Nice cafe and setting. Rest is more workshops than retail.
A great little find
We stopped here for afternoon tea and cake. The have a lovely selection of fresh food, cake and ice cream. There is a lovely terrace and a little garden with views over the valley. A great place for a quick bite to eat.
Perfect for lunch
My favourite place for lunch. All local and organic, with their own home grown vegetables and salads. Beautiful patchwork on display with a shop where you can buy materials and gifts. Book for one of Jo's patchwork courses if you're here when one is on.
The impressive keep sits high above the town, with a display charting its 1,000 years of history.
A lovely ruin!
It's worth climbing to the top of the keep (which sits on a huge mound) for the lovely views. The grounds are a good place to picnic (having bought a pasty at the baker's in the town).
The sanctuary is home to orphaned otters and also runs an otter breeding programme, don't miss feeding time at 12pm and 3pm. There are other animals to see including fallow deer, wallabies, muntjac, and a variety of bird of prey.
Well worth a visit
A lovely place to visit. The staff are so friendly and helpful, from the ladies on the reception desk and in the cafe to the gentleman who gave an interesting talk on his wild birds and the enthusiastic 'otter man' who could not hide his fascination of these wonderful delightful creatures. he obviously hold a great affection for them. There is so much more as well, deer, wallabies, meerkats, serval etc etc.
The Otter Sanctuary is a lovely day out for adults and children alike. We enjoyed watching the otters being fed and listening to the knowledgeable staff talk about them. We strolled throught the woodland, fed deer, patted the rabbit and held a kestrel. There are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and also a lovely cafe.
Tamar Otter Park
A great place to visit with children. An enclosed wooded walk area where the deer and wallabies are free to roam. Watch the otters swimming about and being fed. A lovely place for a picnic or alternatively there is The Countryman Inn at the end of the road that serves great food.
One of the South West's largest family run garden centres. Pick up some delicious local produce here. There's an amazing choice of locally-made cakes including Cornish saffron cakes and, of course, scones, with clotted cream and jam to go with them. Cheese lovers will love the Cornish and Devon cheeses and there's plenty of quality fresh meat, produced on local farms.
More than just a garden centre, Homeleigh is worth a visit just for the view across to Dartmoor and surrounding countryside! The cafe serves good food for lunches and teas too. Easy parking and disabled access. Two elderly golden retrievers are often seen wandering around, very much part of this successful family enterprise.
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Things to do
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