The best things to do in Launceston

Things to do

The best things to do in Launceston

Perfectly positioned between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and close to the Devon border, Launceston is ideally situated for exploring both Cornwall and Devon, with plenty of history to discover, countryside to explore and family friendly things to do.

Once the capital of Cornwall, Launceston is steeped in history and surrounded by miles of beautiful countryside. Take a look at our guide on the best things to do in this historic town and further afield, and find your perfect holiday cottage in Launceston...

Things to Do

• Step back in time with a visit to Launceston Castle which was built in the 13th century. Following an exhilarating climb to the top of the Tower, relax with a picnic and enjoy breath-taking views of the countryside and town.

• Wander through the narrow streets and discover Launceston’s many independent shops offering a selection of local produce, crafts and clothes.

• Visit the Georgian townhouse of Lawrence House Museum for an insight into local history, including a fascinating collection of exhibitions.

• Journey through the gorgeous Cornish countryside on the Launceston Steam Railway, an enjoyable day out for kids and adults alike.

• Explore one of the many nearby woodland walks or town trails and get your fix of nature and local heritage.

Places to Eat

With a wonderful collection of local cafes and restaurants, Launceston has a great selection to choose from whatever takes your fancy. Enjoy a delicious meal of proper food at the Proper Ansome cafe, get your Sunday Roast fix at the Eliot Arms and treat yourself to coffee and a slice of cake at the Cowslip Cafe.

Further afield

There's lots to discover from your holiday cottage in Launceston. In just a thirty minute drive you can reach Boscastle,  a picturesque village surrounded by stunning coastline. Get lost in one of the many art galleries here and discover the scenic walks along the South West Coast Path. Visit the nearby Tintagel which is famous for its links to King Arthur and explore the Castle and National Trust’s Old Post Office for a step back in time. Admire the breath-taking beauty of the north Cornwall coastline with visits to Port Isaac and Polzeath. We also highly recommend spending a day exploring Dartmoor National Park for peaceful walks, unforgettable scenery and plenty of peace and tranquillity.


Where to stay

Nestled close to the Launceston's town centre, the beautiful collection of barns at Netherbridge Lake are a wonderful choice for your holiday. Take your pick from Kingfisher Barn (sleeps 3), Owl Barn (sleeps 4), Swallow Barn (sleeps 4), Badger Barn (sleeps 4), Swift Barn (sleeps 4) and Otter Barn (sleeps 6). And if you are looking to holiday as a larger group, you could book a few, or all of them, together!

Netherbridge Lake

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