Launceston ( formerly Dunheved) is a town of contrasts, from the antique to the ultra modern. A good centre to base yourself in if its exploration of the North Cornwall moors that you seek. Launceston has a vast and varied array of shops, restaurants, and watering holes and the amenities within the town are excellent. The architecture in this edge of the moor town is stunning and can only be appreciated on foot.
Launceston Business: Accountants, Advertising, Architects, Art Galleries, Attractions, Bakers, Banks, Barbers, Bed and Breakfast, Book Keepers, Book Shops, Builders, Butchers, Cafes, Cameras, Camp Sites, Caravan Parks, Car Dealers, Car Dealers (Used), Carpenters, Carpets, Carpet Fitters, Chemists, Cider Makers, Coffee Shops, Decorators, Dentists, Direct Marketing, Doctors, Dog Training, Driving Schools, Electricians, Email Broadcasters, Estate Agents, Fabrics, Farm Shops, Fish and Chips, Florists, Fruit and Veg, Garden Centres, Garden Furniture, Gift Shops, Golf Clubs, Guest Huses, Gyms, Hairdressers, Health Clubs, Holiday Parks, Home Tutors, Hotels, Insurance Brokers, Interior Design, Internet Services, Kennels, Letting Agents, Mortgages, MOT's, Mountain Bikes, Nurseries, Online Marketing, Painters, Plumbers, Printers, Public Relations, Pubs, Recruitment, Restaurants, Riding Schoos, Schools, Search Engine Specialists, Solicitors, Storage, Taxis, Travel Agents, Tree Surgeons, Vets, Web Design, Weddings, Window Cleaners
Franklin Farm House, Virginstowe, Beaworthy Tel: 01409 211022
Kings Head Hotel, Altarnun, Five Lanes, Launceston, Tel: 01566 86241
Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewdown, Okehampton, Tel: 01566 783256
Lifton Hall, New Road, Lifton Tel: 01566 784863
Penhallow Manor Country House Hotel, Altarnun Tel: 01566 86206
Percy's Country Hotel & Restaurant, Virginstow Tel: 01409 211236
Railway Inn, 50 St Thomas Road, Launceston Tel: 01566 772633
Thatched Cottage Country Hotel, Sprytown, Lifton, Tel: 01566 784224
The Arundell Arms Hotel, Fore Street, Lifton Tel: 01566 784666
The Rising Sun, Altrarnun, Lauceston, Launceston Tel: 01566 86636
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Launceston's chief attraction is the Castle. Ancient writers differ as to when and by whom "Castle Terrible" was built, but according to extensive research , it was thought that the Castles construction commenced about the time of Edward the Confessor. The North Gate was the main castle entrance from the town until the late 12 century. In 1656 George Fox, founder of the Quakers, did an 8 month stretch here. There was a prison in use here long after the castle ceased serving any military purpose. Other places of interest include St Mary Magdalene's church.
With regards the castle, practically the only thing remaining is the keep, which is accessed via a long flight of stone steps. But it is worth the effort just for the amazing views , especially to the west, over Bodmin moor (if your lucky you may see the beast of said moor). From here the extinct craggy peaks of the volcano at Roughtor and beyond to Brown Willy.
Click on Tourism for information on the area, Attractions for what to do and where to go, Food and Drink on what to eat when you get there, Leisure... well relax and think about that one and the Town Centre to shop till you drop!
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