Historic Launceston

Whilst visiting the railway, we highly recommend you take some time to explore the town of Launceston – Cornwall’s only walled town, and a delight to discover on foot.

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High on the hill and dominating the town is Launceston Castle.  Built by William the Conqueror’s half brother, it is still owned by the Duke of Cornwall and managed by English Heritage.  Show your LSR tickets on entry and you will receive a 20% discount on admission to the castle.

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In nearby Castle Street is the town’s award winning museum – the Lawrence House Museum.  Free to enter, it contains a range of fascinating exhibits, including a fine model of the original Launceston railway station.

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The town centre itself has a variety of interesting buildings – including St Mary Magadelene’s Church, with its unique carved granite exterior and fine Victorian furnishings. There are lots of local independent businesses’ worth browsing as well.