There are several other strange stories from this part of Cornwall. At nearby Yeolmbridge, the Wild Hunt may be seen by someone crossing the bridge. But woe betide any who see this twice as they will not live to tell the tale! At Botathon, the ghost of Dorothy Dingley has been seen many times, in spite of a 16th century attempt at exorcism. South of Launceston is Hingston Down, the site of buried treasure.

St neot and Carnglaze Caverns - underground caverns - auditorium and venue

Launceston Castle was built by Robert, Count of Mortain (half-brother of William the Conqueror) c. 1070 to dominate the surrounding area. Launceston was the caput of the feudal barony of Launceston and of the Earldom of Cornwall until replaced by Lostwithiel in the 13th century. Launceston was later the county town of Cornwall until 1835 when Bodmin replaced it.

Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula Cornwall

St Catherines Castle Fowey - remains of Henry VIII castle in Readymoney Cove

The suburb of Newport is recorded for the first time during the 13th century. The natural advantages of the Launceston district had been recognised by the Anglo-Saxon monks of St Stephen and by the Norman lord of Cornwall in the reign of King William I. At this point in the course of the River Tamar it is joined by four tributaries within a short distance and its flood plain is relatively large, while further south the Tamar valley is narrow and meandering.[9]

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A small sandy beach only accessible at low tide.

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Caerhays Beach & Caerhays Castle Gardens a small picturesque beach with adjacent parking. Next to Caerhays Castle Gardens well known for their spring flowers

Launceston has been a market town since the time of the Normans when the Count removed it from the nearby St Stephens. It was the site of the County Assizes before the roads were improved and Bodmin became the county town in the early eighteenth century. There are some fine buildings in the town centre, although a street of medieval houses was demolished in the middle of the 20th century.

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Launceston stands almost on the Cornish border with Devon. In one direction is the expanse of Bodmin Moor, whilst in the other, just across the River Tamar, is the wildness of Dartmoor. The castle, built so long ago to guard this border, offers views of both moors.

Liskeard - market town with main line railway station and the Scenic Liskeard / Looe line

Three nonconformist churches/chapels served the 19th century town: Wesleyan Methodist, Bible Christian, and Calvinist.[29] North Cornwall and West Devon's Elim Pentecostal Church is in the town. A church built a Launceston site in 2010, Gateway 2 New Life at the Gateway Centre, having redeveloped a tax office.[30]

Brown Willy - the highest point in Cornwall.

The Duchy Originals company first manufactured its products in 2006 by opening a factory in Launceston making sweet and savoury pastry products but made a loss of £447,158 in the financial year 2006/7.[16] During 2009 the bakery in Launceston was sold at a loss, contributing to the Duchy Originals company making a loss for 2009 - 10.[17]

Three electoral wards include reference to the town, their total population, from 2011 census data, being 11,837 and two ecclesiastical parishes serve the former single parish, with three churches and a large swathe of land to the north and west part of the area.

The town has many restaurants, cafés, take aways and ten pubs being fewer than in the Victorian era with the larger ones tending to survive which specialise in their food, others of which provide live music events on a weekly basis. Launceston has one nightclub.

Cotehele House and Gardens on The River Tamar

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St Just - Lands End - Few towns have retained their character in this century as St Just, the first and last town in England

Mevagissey in Cornwall is a working harbour, Gorran Haven a small picturesque anchorage, dozing on its sandy beach in the lee of the spectacular 400 foot high Dodman Point

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Three Anglican churches are in the town which has a united benefice and ecclesiastical parish covering Tregadillett three miles west, the same clergy alternating services to provide for a large attendance and operating a combined website.[21]

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top can be reached via an internal staircase but once reached, offers breathtaking views of the historic town and countryside.


Launceston's motto is a reference to its adherence to the Cavalier cause during the English Civil War of the mid-17th century.

Sir Richard Grenville, 1st Baronet was committed by Prince Charles to Launceston Prison for refusing to obey Lord Hopton; Grenville had already quarrelled with General George Goring, Lord Goring.[8]

The Lost Gardens of Heligan consist of over 80 acres of magnificent gardens, which until 1991 were lost and forgotten under seventy years of ivy, bramble, laurel and fallen timber.

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Torpoint vehicle Ferry to Plymouth and Torpoint Marina Cornwall

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A well preserved and impressive neolithic chamber tomb, with a dramatically slopping capstone.

Charlestown a small picturesque port with historic sailing vessles and Shipwreck Museum - Charlestown harbour and fleet of small vessels, have appeared in many films

Launceston is twinned with Plestin-les-Grèves in Brittany, France.[14]

With so many events already planned for 2016, make sure you’re up to date with what’s on in Launceston and the surrounding area! There are markets, community films, festivals, rallies, agricultural shows, concerts, craft fairs, dances, exercise classes and coffee mornings, something for everyone.

National Trust Headland vith views of Godreavy Lighthouse

Antony House Cornwall was the setting for Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland - superb 25 acre landscaped gardens include a formal courtyard - home for the national collection of Hemerocallis

Gorran Haven a small picturesque anchorage, dozing on its sandy beach in the lee of the spectacular 400 foot high Dodman Point (once an Iron Age fort).

St. Just-in-Roseland is famous for its picturesque church set in magnificent gardens complete with semitropical shrubs and trees. The church perches on the edge of a tidal creek,