Launceston Castle

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Launceston Castle was built by Richard of Cornwall, one of the wealthiest men in England during the 13th century. Perched on top of a large, natural mound, Launceston Castle was possibly built and early as 1067. It stands with a commanding presence dominating the surrounding landscape. Like the other castles, Launceston Castle it used to be an important building but fell into disrepair and has transformed into a prison for some time. In fact, George Fox, founder of the Quakers was confined at the Launceston castle for eight months in 1656.

The dismal state of the Launceston became a blessing in disguise because during the time of the Commonwealth, nobody paid attention to it. It was spared from demolition. When you visit the Launceston Castle, what remains of the commanding and impressive castle are the ruins of the stone keep. The former bailey was covered by a public garden. Located at the town center about 25 miles north-west of Plymouth, Launceston Castle continues to attract its own share of visitors from all over the globe.

The Launceston Castle is now under the care of English Heritage but it is open to the public daily from April to October. A car park is also available nearby, making it easier for you to get access to the place. Admission rates to the castle are £2.40, £1.20 and £1.80 for adults, children and concessioner s respectively. Come and visit Launceston Castle for a taste of Cornwall’s history. Step into its ancient ruins and be transported centuries back when the castle stood proud and erect in all its grandeur. For more information on the castle, please visit its homepage

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